President Union Congressman (TUC) Quadri Olaleye has tasked labor employers to put the well-being and safety of their employees above other considerations.
Olaleye said this during a visit to five transport and transportation companies in Apapa, Lagos state. He said workers are the engine of growth and development in any organization and employers should not be denied their health, safety and other rights.
Olaleye was accompanied by TUC General Secretary Musa Lawal and General Chairman of the Association of Senior Officials of Shipping, Clearing and Shipping Agencies, Harrison Asonye during the visit.
He insisted on the need for good health management plans in the form of HMOs for employees still on active duty as a preventative measure to guard against illnesses in retirement.
During the tour of CMA CDG Delmas Nigeria Limited, BollorÃ© Transport and Logistics Nigeria, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Hull Blyth Nigeria and Tin-Can Island Container Terminal Ltd (TICT), he indicated that this visit allowed him to carry out an on-site problem assessment, rather than relying on second-hand information.
Olaleye also called for greater synergy between management, investors and workers in various industries in the country, for the greater good of all, saying this is vital for economic growth and development.
He described the union as an advancing partner with workers’ employers and not anti-management, which he said was the general public perception.
He also said that creating an enabling environment for workers results in a better and healthier workforce, which ultimately impacted the bottom line of the company.
He advised plant managers to be more sensitive to the needs of workers and their valuable contributions.
Asonye thanked the management of his company, for supporting and encouraging him in the performance of his official duties, which he combined with his post of general president of the maritime workers union.