The general secretary of Federation of Informal Workers of Nigeria (FIWON), Comrade Gbenga Komolafe, has appealed to organised labour to rescue Nigerian workers from modern slavery in workplace.
He wondered why, in spite of the ongoing law criminalising casualisation and outsourcing by the House of Representatives, a lot of companies are still indulging in the act.
Speaking with NATIONAL ECONOMY, the FIWON scribe blamed the rising numbers of people on casual and outsourcing on dearth of political will by federal government to deal with the root.
He noted that, since some politicians are involved in making extra money through contracting of staff to companies, efforts to fight casual and outsourcing, which has been a source of degradation of labour value is on the increase.
Fighting it, he said, must be faced with a drastic step, especially as labour is being treated as a commodity based on involvement of some politicians, businessmen and women on job-contracting.
“Imagine the case I am handling right now of how a popular company that makes Indomie has locked doors against the domestic workers since announcement of lockdown in March by PMB. The workers are not allowed to go home. As schools are about to resume now, the workers are placed in house arrest so they cannot prepare their children for schools,” he stressed.
He alleged that the culprit employers are boasting that no police or government official can prevail on them to release the workers because they contributed N1billion to FG towards fighting COVID-19.
Both government officials and political class have compromised their integrity, companies involved in the inhuman activities are still on, he pointed out.