The Ministry of Labour is to design a framework which would regulate contract staffing in banks and financial institutions in the country.
The Minister of LAbour, Dr Chris Ngige, who disclosed this plan at a meeting with bank executives in Abuja, said this has become necessary because of the abuse of contract staffing in banks across the country.
At the meeting, which was held to address the recent sacking of bank employees across the country, Dr Ngige condemned the “unfair labour practices by banks”.
He said over the years, banks in Nigeria have subjected their employees to shoddy working conditions, unregulated hours of work, refusal of staff to unionize as well as non-implementation of exit packages and forced resignation.
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared his administration’s commitment to boosting national productivity, by among other things, taking all necessary actions to end incessant strikes by workers in vital sectors of the Nigerian Economy.
At a meeting with the Permanent Secretary and Directors of the Federal Ministry of Labour, President Buhari said that he was particularly disturbed by the seemingly endless strikes in Nigeria’s health sector which had contributed to the fall in the standard of health services available.
The President further directed the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Clement Illoh and Directors in the Ministry to liaise with other stakeholders and quickly work out proposals for ending the recurring strikes in the health, education, transport, oil and gas, power and other critical sectors of the national economy.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was also present at the meeting, urged Dr. Illoh and his staff to make an input to the ongoing plans for the extension of welfare services to poor and disabled persons.
Dr. Illoh had earlier attributed some of the recurrent strikes in Nigeria to the inclination of some government officials to enter into agreements with financial implications without carrying the ministries of finance and labour along.
He said that the Ministry of Labour had introduced a code of conduct for government negotiators, barring them from entering into agreements with financial implications without the consent of the President.
Striking resident doctors and other health workers at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba have suspended their over two weeks industrial action, resuming duties on Thursday.
The suspension was based on the intervention by the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, who signed an agreement by both parties after most of the issues had been resolved.
Issues surrounding residency training, shortage of manpower, staff welfare, infrastructure, patient care and general work environment had forced the health workers to abandon their duties.
The President, Association of Resident Doctors, LUTH, Dr. Olubunmi Omojolowo, said that the management has reduced some of the prices of operations carried out; such as minor surgical fees, to less than 50% of their present rates. He cited situations where they have been reduced from 50,000 to about 22,000 to be affordable to most Nigerians.
He also noted the tenure of the residency training, stating that the management has written to resident doctors to clearly specify their tenures and implement the circular by the Federal Government as soon as it arrives.