The President of the Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI), Comrade Sunday Olusoji Salako, has described outsourcing and casualisation as inhuman.
Speaking at the ‘2016 Decent Work’ organised by the association, Salako blamed the three tiers of government for not making the war against the menace easy, noting that governments also encouraged the use of contract staff, outsourcing and casualisation.
Salako, who described outsourcing and casualisation as modern slavery that should be eschewed from the workplace across the country, noted that the 2016 edition of decent work was very crucial based on the danger casualisation and outsourcing posing for workers’ wellbeing.
The Deputy President of the Union, Comrade Oyinkan Olagunsoye, urged union members to strive to always protect the interest of one another.
Speaking on the topic: “Building Workers Power Against Corporate Greed and Week Corporate Governance”, the Guest Speaker, Mr. Martins Smart, said: “Majority of corporate bodies and some government agencies regrettably use work force as tool to remain afloat without putting in place good welfare package that will cater for the interest of the workers.
Smart said the question is should workers pay the price for the greed and weaknesses of organisations and the utter failures of regulatory bodies to monitor corporate organisations more effectively by ensuring that policies and guidelines laid down in corporate governance template are strictly adhered to?
Martins, who is the MD/CEO, Martco Consulting Services, said it was time workers no longer be used and dumped by employers.
He called on union leaders to always be seen as useful tools in the workplace, saying workers need to be more involved in taking decisions at all levels where welfare matters are to be discussed. He said organisations, on their part, should regard people as the greatest assets they cannot treat with levity.
“The issue of corporate governance should be properly enforced by various regulatory authorities to the extent that they should have zero tolerance for defiance, corporate greed and weak corporate governance. The leaders of workers’ unions should embark on aggressive mobilisation or unionisation of all companies in Nigeria,” he said.
Worried by the lackadaisical attitude towards workers in the country, Martins said the only way workers could guide against employers’ weak corporate governance was through strict implementation of statutory framework for corporate governance.
He urged the three tiers of government to ensure the enforcement mechanism are dully carried out so as to safeguard the interest of workers. This, according to him, will encourage more investments in Nigeria and help tackle the current economic recession.
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