The leadership of the
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has kicked against anti-labour practices being perpetrated by multinational companies operating in the country.
A statement issued on Wednesday and signed by the NLC National President, Comrade Wabba Ayuba, said that organised labour would checkmate such anti labour practices of the multinational corporations especially in the telecommunication and oil and gas sectors.
Ayuba said that labour is deeply concerned about a situation whereby a local subsidiary of a global telecommunication solution provider in the country disengaged all Nigerian staff in its network operating centres and transferred its operation to India, adding that now the said company in the name of off-shoring, is bringing Indian workers to understudy their Nigerian counterpart and then transfer these jobs to India.
The labour boss said this trend if not checkmated, has huge negative implications for national security in addition to the fact that jobs that Nigerians are competent in are being moved out of the country.
He said that this telecommunication service provider has also commenced the knowledge transfer from Nigerian engineers to their Indian counterparts preparatory to also moving their operations to India, adding that the situation has further worsened the nation’s economic crisis through this new habit of out-sourcing of jobs Nigerians can do to new destinations in Dubai and India.
Wabba said that the affected multinationals must be made to understand that they would not be allowed uninhibited access to making millions of dollars off Nigeria as a nation without contributing to creating jobs.
He said that there must be costs to every multinational’s decision to take the livelihood of Nigerian workers to other shores.
Wabba said that the labour will collaborate with relevant government agencies and stakeholders to stop this out-sourcing of Nigerian jobs, stressing that the organised labour will be leading national campaign against the practices of these multinationals.