13th World Day For Decent Work: Create Intervention, Palliatives To Workers, NLC Urges Govt.
Trace Reporters –The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC on Wednesday called on government at all levels to include workers in its intervention and the need to urgently rescue the present situation through the decent work agenda at all levels.
The Union also decried the economic crisis being faced by workers in kaduna State, ranging from closure of companies, business establishment,
The kaduna State Chairperson, Comrade Ayuba Magaji Suleiman while briefing journalists in kaduna to mark this year World Day for Decent Work Tagged: “A New Social Contract for Recovery and Resilience”. said if the government does not protect workers the impacts of COVID-19 may be too adverse to handle.
According to him, “The stories are the same in Kaduna State, the almost five months lockdown strangulated small and medium businesses, some companies and business establishment were close down, also, the popular Sheikh Abubakar Gumi Market was shut down leaving traders with huge loss due to expired and damage commodities in their shops.
“Amid the Covid-19 lockdown, the State Government unilaterally deducted 25% of its workers’ salaries for two consecutive months; important markets were demolished for ambitious expansion and
“Modernizations, living good number of traders without sources or livelihood, thus worsening the situation as authorities’ intervention were either insufficient or not forthcoming.
According to him, “By definition; “respects the fundamental rights of the human person as well as the rights of decent work is employment that workers in terms of conditions of work safety and remuneration. Respect for the physical and mental integrity of the worker in the exercise of his/her employment.”
“Decent work also applied to both the formal and informal sector. It must address all kind of jobs, people and families. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), decent work involves opportunities for work that are productive and deliver a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men.
“Taking account of this years’ theme; Social Contract thus is; an agreement entered into by individuals, that results in the formation of the state or of organized society, the prime motive being the desire for protection, which entails the surrender of some or all personal liberties.
“The economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic have been layered on top of a pre-existing crisis of low-wage and insecure jobs. Every second person has no financial buffer, no ability to save for the tough times ahead and relies on every pay cheque to survive.
“Without savings or a safety net, millions of people entered the pandemic with a choice between working and starving,” said Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
“The COVID-19 crisis is expected to wipe out 6.7 per cent of working hours globally in the second quarter of 2020 – equivalent to 195 million full-time workers. Large reductions are foreseen in the Arab States (8.1 per cent, equivalent to 5 million full-time workers), Europe (7.8 per cent, or 12 million full-time workers) and Asia and the Pacific (7.2 per cent, 125 million full-time workers).
“The sectors most at risk include accommodation and food services, manufacturing, retails, business and administrative activities. Huge losses are expected across different income groups but especially in upper-middle income countries (7.0 per cent, 100 million full-time workers). This far exceeds the effects of the 2008-9 financial crises.
“The eventual increase in global unemployment during 2020 will depend substantially on future developments and policy measures. There is a initial ILO projection, of 25 million. high risk that the end-of-year figure will be significantly higher than the Nigeria’s economy is facing collapse as it largely depends on oil exports.
“The oil markets have been on a downward trend as COVID-19 has crippled demand. Fuel prices fell and recorded 18-year low trading at less than 22 dollars per barrel and expected to go lower. Nigeria’s economy contracted by 6.1% year on year in the second quarter of this year, latest reports from Nigeria’s statistics bureau show. The dip follows thirteen quarters of positive but low growth rates. The -6.1% decline is also Nigeria’s steepest in the last 10 years.
“As with most other economies around the world, the sharp drop in Nigeria’s GDP growth is largely down to the slowdown in economic activity after the country resorted to a lockdown back in April to curb the spread of the virus. In the wake of the pandemic the World Bank forecast a decline of -3.2% for 2020-a five percentage point drop from its previous projections”.
Lola Seriki Idahosa /News
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