By Funmi Komolafe
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
THE Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association has decried the influx of expatriates into Nigerian companies, describing it as a threat to career development for Nigerian employees. In a communique issued at the end of its workshop on " occupational health and safety" in Enugu, organised with the support of Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the union noted that the influx of expatriates has also denied Nigerians job opportunities. The communique signed by FOBTOB national president, Mr. Gabriel Babalola and Acting general secretary, Mr. Ade Ola- Joseph, also called for a review of the Workmen’s Compensation Act to meet the realities of the time . The review, the union suggested, should make provisions for periodic review.
Union members present at the meeting also decided to set up monitoring committees in branch units of FOBTOB to ensure that employers comply with occupational health and safety rules.
On a national scale, members suggested the establishment of the National Commission to handle all issues relating to occupational health. Such an organisation they suggested, should " inspect the safety facilities in the different establishments and provide advisory and information services, prosecute where necessary a defaulting organisation and conduct research in the area of occupational health and safety, the results of which should be disseminated to other organisations".
Participants also advised trade unions to accord occupational health and safety the same prominence they give to salaries and wages during negotiations with employers.