Trade Union Congress (TUC) has condemned the alleged victimisation of Mr Joseph Ogunyemi an employee of TATA Africa Services, Nigeria.
A statement signed by TUC President, Bobboi Kaigama and acting Secretary-General, Simeso Amachree, said the union was not in support of actions taken against Ogunyemi by TATA.
The statement was issued to newsmen on Sunday in Lagos.
It queried the management of TATA for advertising in a national daily that Ogunyemi was no longer in its employment when he had not been served letter of termination.
“We regard as mischievous the advert in the Guardian of March 24 by TATA Nigeria.
“The advert said that Ogunyemi is no longer in the services of TATA, though he has not been served letter of termination.
“The cause of his victimisation is still being dialogued and congress is still expecting response to its petition from TATA regional office in South Africa,’’ it said.
The statement said that Mrs Esther Obhiojeifor, Head, Human Resources of TATA, insisted that Ogunyemi be sacked for no reason other than being a former chairman of Automobile Union, TATA Branch.
It added that Ogunyemi had been denied promotion, queried severally, transferred to Port Harcourt and denied several benefits.
It said that the TUC was backed by the Trade Union Act to operate as watchdog in workplaces and would not allow any of its members to be victimised on account of performing his lawful union activities.
The statement urged the management of TATA to call Obhiojeifor to order to avoid industrial crisis in the company.
The statement reads further, “The Congress is particularly interested in Comrade Ogunyemi’s matter because he has suffered so much over the years just because of his participation in trade union activities as chairman of the Senior Staff union of TATA then. He was denied promotion, bombarded with queries, unnecessary transfer to Port Harcourt and denied several benefits.
“The union and management of TATA have had a long-running battle, prompting the Federal Ministry of Labour to intervene. We recall that at one of our meetings in June 2015, TATA management made a commitment never to witch-hunt union officers. We are however surprised that less than one year after the HR manager has resumed another onslaught.
The Congress wishes to let TATA management know that the same way TATA Nigeria was licensed by the federal government to operate its business in Nigeria is equally the same way Trade Unions are duly backed up by Trade Union Act of 1973, CAP 437, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
to operate as a watchdog in the workplaces. Our members cannot just be victimized on the account of their lawful union activities.