Ahead of this year’s workers’ celebrations, May 1, National Union of Textiles, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), has sent greetings to President Muhammed Buhari and workers across the country.
In a congratulatory message signed by the President and acting General Secretary of the union, Mr. John Adaji and Baba Ali thanked President Buhari for his untiring efforts to rive textile industry adding that, “tetextile union will continue to partner and support President Muhammadu Buhari in his determination to revive the industry, create mass decent jobs and rebuild the nation’s economy.”
According to the statement, May Day, “is a period of reflection and a period to celebrate the role of workers in the fight for democracy and social justice.
” It is a special day to draw global attention to the plight of workers worldwide.
“Unfortunately, for the first time in over 100 years, workers around the world will not be able to celebrate this year’s May Day with the usual fanfare due to the novel corona virus disease (COVID-19).”
the statement while expressed concern over COVID-19, urged employers of labour, federal and state governments to pay prompt salary to it’s workers and avoid any action that may lead to job loses.
“We join the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the global labour movement to call on the government and private sector employers in particular to protect jobs and ensure full pay for all workers.” The statement further said.
“We shall continue to intensify our campaign for productivity improvement on the part of our members
and at the same time maintain zero tolerance to exploitation and violation of workers’ rights.
“As economic activity gradually resumes, we call on our members to redouble their efforts towards productivity improvement.
” COVID-19 is far from being over. We must therefore continue to observe the preventive measures both at home and workplaces; wear your face masks and hand gloves, wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer regularly, maintain social distancing, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth and stay informed by following advice given by public health authorities.” The statement further said.
The statement while played host to the two
Veterans of the union who lost their life recently, prayed for the repose of their souls.