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JUST IN: Labour suspends planned action against CAC

Shift proposed strike by 14 days

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) has suspended its planned industrial action against Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) for two weeks.

ElombahNews had on January 8 reported that AUPCTRE threatened to shut down CAC headquarters from Tuesday, January 12.

The threaten followed the expiration of a 21-day ultimatum issued by AUPCTRE, an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), to the commission.

In a notice, AUPCTRE General Secretary, Comrade Musa Ekpo, wrote CAC  Registrar-General about a strike notice dated December 18, 2020, wherein it alleged anti-workers policies in the commission.

It also listed some of its grievances including lack of career progression, poor welfare and injustice against the staff.

However, in its statement on Tuesday, AUPCTRE announced suspension of the planned action following the intervention of the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Sani Gwarzo.

After a meeting held late Monday with AUPCTRE leadership, led by its President, Comrade Benjamin Anthony and Dr Gwarzo, the union agreed to shift the strike by 14 days.

Gwarzo had directed CAC Registrar General to maintain status quo and reverse all actions initiated against the CAC branch union.

A statement was issued by the union announcing the shifting of the proposed industrial action till 14 days until all contentious issues will have been resolved.

In the statement, the union accused CAC management of unilaterally restricting staff vacancies against the recommendations of the committee on the commission’s organogram.

It also expressed disgust at the “unjustified barring of certain categories of staff from writing promotion examination”.

AUPCTRE alleged that CAC management stopped all staff loans, accusing it of hasty, draconian and unilateral decision making leadership style.

The union further alleged CAC management denied 2019 promotion arrears to workers who deserve it.

It accused the management of stopping salaries of workers even before queries were issued at the peak of COVID-19 pandemic.

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