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NLC Boss Charts New Path For Decent Work Place

Chairperson, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Rivers State Council, Comrade Beatrice Itubo has reiterated the need for the government and other employers of Labour to chart a new path of recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and build an economy of shared prosperity and sustainability.

Itubo made the assertion at a press conference making the World Decent Work Day held at the Auditorium of NLC, Port Harcourt.

According to her, a new social contract of decent work will bring back socio-economic growth and build a new global economy that would first put smiles on the faces of the people, adding that the theme of this year’s World Day for Decent Work, “A New Social Contract for Recovery and Resilience” meets the aspirations of people in the world of work.

The State NLC boss noted that apart from opportunities for work, that is not only productive and delivers a fair income, security in the work place and social protection for families should be considered, stressing that other things like better prospects for personal development, social integration and freedom of expression, and equality of opportunity for all should also be on the front burner.

She stated that the near absence of opportunities for work that is productive for a fair income is indeed a far cry in view of the harsh economic realities and the, deliberate and calculated denial of workers emoluments, entailments and rights by employers of Labour.

Itubo stressed that the social protection for family members espouses the dire consequences of insecurity and vulnerability of the average workers in their work place.

The State NLC boss further stated “In all of these, certainly the Rivers State workers do not find fulfillment or satisfaction in their work place. Decent work entails employment that respects fundamental rights of the human person as well a s the rights of workers in terms of condition of work safety and enumeration, respect for the physical and mental integrity of the workers in the exercise of his or her employment.”

Comrade Itubo explained that the theme, “A New Social Contract for Recovery and Resilience” in International Trade Union Congress (ITUC) highlighted the deeply entrenched injustice of the global economic system along side shrinking democratic space and deteriorating Labour rights around the globe, pointing out that a new social contract is significant to charting the part to recovery from the effects of the pandemic and to build an economy of shared prosperity and sustainability.

According to her, “Invariably decent work must be at the centre of the State Government and other employers of Labour to bring back socio-economic growth and build a new global economy, and assured of the commitment to continue to engage government and other employers of Labour in a more constructive manner in line with relevant provisions of industrial relations in ensuring that decent work initiatives and agenda in achieving the various sustainable goals is achieved and sustained.   

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