Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Anambra State chapter on Thursday inaugurated a 12-man labour/civil society situation room to protect workers from jobs and wages cuts amidst the COVID-19 economic threat.
Inaugurating the committee at the NLC secretariat in Awka, the Anambra State capital, the Chairman of NLC Anambra state chapter, Comrade Jerry Nnubia said the committee would engage the government on the best way to protect workers jobs and wages gradually and systematically to open up the economy for business and production.
According to him, the Situation Room would serve as an engine room for information dissemination and sensitisation of workers and citizens on COVID-19 reality, prevalence, prevention containment protocol.
“This committee will serve to protect jobs, wages, and means of livelihood of Nigerians and serve as a thinktank to liaise and advise the government on the strategy to move forward.
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“To embark on advocacy and social dialogue with government and private sector employers to promote public health and employment/income protection for workers.”
It will also partner with all relevant stakeholders in the state in order to enable it to achieve its set objectives” he said. He also said that the body would maintain a feedback relationship between workers, workers’ organizations, government and employers in the private sector.
He also appealed to all trade unions, public-spirited organizations, and individuals including the press, to utilize all the opportunities the situation room has to offer in the fight against COVID 19.
Members of the team were drawn from the Nigeria Union Journalists, Trade Union Congress, Civil Society Organisation, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Nigerian Medical Associate, amongst others.