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General News of Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Source: The Nation

JUST IN: Labour suspends planned strike against CAC management

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) has suspended its planned industrial action against Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) for two weeks

The suspension followed the intervention of the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Sani Gwarzo over alleged maladministration in the agency.

AUPCTRE, an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress, in a strike notice dated December 18, 2020, and addressed to the Registrar-General of CAC had vowed to shut the agency on Tuesday following the expiration of the 21- day notice to the commission.

The union had frowned at the chief executive of the commission for his alleged anti-worker policies in the commission.

After a marathon meeting on Monday with AUPCTRE led by its President, Comrade Benjamin Anthony and Dr Gwarzo, the union agreed to shift the proposed strike by 14 days.

Gwarzo directed the Registrar General of CAC to maintain status quo and reverse all actions initiated against the CAC branch union executive by the management

As a result of the intervention, the union issued statement shifting the proposed industrial action to the next 14 days within which all contentious issues shall be resolved.

According to the statement, the union accused CAC management of unilaterally restricting staff vacancies against the recommendations of the committee on the commission’s organogram, and particularly expressed disgust at the “unjustified barring of certain categories of staff from writing promotion examination”.

It also accused management of stopping all staff loans, hasty, draconian and unilateral decision making leadership style, and denial of 2019 promotion arrears to deserving workers.

The union also accused management of stopping salaries of workers even before queries were issued, at the peak of COVID-19 pandemic.

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