FG has officially approved the unionization of the two popular ride-hailing apps with a letter of approval presented on Tuesday by the Nigerian Labour Minister, Chris Ngige.
The Nigerian Government presented a letter of approval of registration to the Amalgamated Union of App-Based Transport Workers of Nigeria (AUATWON) on behalf of Uber and Bolt.
The union members comprised people in the app-based transport workers, online transport services, and e-hailing drivers field in Nigeria.
Why FG Formed The Union
Minister of Nigerian Labour Chris Ngige said it’s a significant development for Nigeria’s Labour scene in formalizing informal sectors. Furthermore, he mentioned some other informal sectors that have been approved by the FG.
In his words, he said,
- “Hitherto, we gave recognition and certification to workers in the formal sector, including the private sector, such as banks, oil and gas, and insurance, among other technical areas.
- “Recently, the two newly registered university-based unions, the Congress for University Academics (CONUA) and the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics (NAMDA) were also given.
- “Today, we are breaking new ground with those in the informal sector who are employing themselves and from there, employing others”.
Another important reason the ministry decided to register (AUATWON) is to enable the organization of a new but growing sector of the informal economy.
Also, it enables the government to keep track of the security component of the transportation systems in Nigeria.
- “We are also backed by an international position on the unionization of self-employed workers.
- “The need to ensure that such workers enjoy trade union rights for the purpose of furthering and defending their interest, which includes collective bargaining, has often been emphasized in different fora, concerning the world of work.
- “But for the self-employed, it is a different kind of collective bargaining, tailored to suit the peculiarities of the self-employed segment of workers.
Finally, the minister of Labour added that this improvement is also a collective bargaining mechanism to extend the international shores of Nigeria.
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