Reps Move To Stop Contract/Casual Employment



Well, if they stop this what happened to so many unemploy Nigerians…. see detail below…

The House of Representatives moved on Thursday to stop the practice of recruiting workers as “casual, contract or temporary staff” in the country’s labour industry.

 A bill to limit the casual or temporary status of employees to two years, passed second reading at the House on Thursday.

 It is an amendment bill to the Labour Act, 2004.

 By the provision of the bill, employers are required to convert any casual worker in their organisations to “permanent status” immediately they clock two years working as temporary staff.

 The sponsor of the bill, Mr. Emmanuel Jime, told the House that there were many Nigerians working as “casual staff for years” in some organisations without any indications that they would be converted to permanent staff.

 He argued that the practice created discrimination in the work place, making those workers remain inferior to others.



 Besides, Jime noted that the discrimination affected the economic well-being of the casual workers.

 “It means, we have two categories of workers. We have the permanent ones and the casual ones in the same work place. This division is unacceptable and unhealthy for economic  growth”, he added.

 The long title of the bill read, “A Bill for Act to Amend the Labour Act, Cap. LI, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, to Provide a Time frame for the Regulation of Casual or Temporary Employment to Permanent Status by all Employers of Labour in Nigeria and for other Matters Related thereto.”

Members applauded the bill, passing it for the second reading in a voice vote.

 The session was presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha


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