Organised labour has charged entrepreneurs to desist from making workers sacrificial lambs whenever there is need to cut cost in economic crises or difficulties.
This is even as the workers under the umbrella of the Chemical and Non-Metallic Products Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (CANMPSSAN) has decried rate of job loss in the chemical sector through redundancy.
The president of the union, Segun David, reflecting on the state of the industry at the 25th Annual National Management/Industrial Relations Seminar of the union lamented that the present time is difficult for Nigerian workers who have to deal with the challenges of job loss, reduced salaries and zero appraisals at work places.
“It is an open secret that economic effects of COVID-19 pandemic cut across all facets of life. Workers should not always be at the receiving end whenever there is need to cut costs,” he stressed.
Noting that the 3 days programme themed: “Critical Analysis of Post COVID-19 on Socio-economic Challenges and its Impact on the Organised Labour-Chemical and Non-Metallic Products Experience” was organised to draw attention to the plight of the sector, he stated that, it would also devise ways of solving challenges presently confronting the sector.
According to the CANMPSSAN president, workers in the sector sacrificed a lot during the lockdown to ensure survival and continuous running of some of their companies.
David explained that the advent of coronavirus has reminded all, the importance of taking one’s health seriously, adding that employers of labour should put measures in place to make work conducive for the entire workers.
To him, “Workers should not always bear the brunt when there is shortfall in finances; collaborative engagements can help us to strategize for a better future for our companies.”
The general manager, Human Asset Management (HAM), Dangote Cement, Femi Adekunle however said that redundancy is not an easy way out for the companies as they value their workers seriously.
“Workers are our most essential part, they are the golden hen that lays the golden eggs; without them there wouldn’t be any production, neither can a company survive without them. But in a situation where the company’s existence is threatened due to one problem or the other, there’s nothing that a company can do than to cut down on staff to survive,” he pointed out.