UNICOF embarks on sit down strike

Thousands of members of the Union of Industry, Commerce and Finance Workers are embarking on a sit down strike.

They are protesting what they describe as interference and discrimination against them.

UNICOF has been in the news lately over the impasse at the ADB over the sale of the bank’s headquarters and listing on the stock market.

In a statement Thursday, UNICOF said it will continue to resort to the industrial action until their concerns are fully addressed.

‘The leadership of UNICOF across the structures having observed the labour environment as well as recent occurrences on the national scene, wish to remark that; Workers are enjoined to expose wrong doing to assure sustainable business environment.

‘The union continues to experience some interference in its activities making it fearful and intimidating to pursue such honourable course. Even when workers are protesting or gathering on a purely union matter, the security agencies have been unleashed on us,’ the statement noted.

It continued: ‘Workers who are alleged to have misconducted themselves are interdicted until such case was determined. We believe that the same principle must be applied.

‘The UNICOF believes that this is unfair and does not promote a peaceful and harmonious work environment. Again, when these are done, they gradually erode workers rights which are human rights.

‘In view of the above, the UNICOF shall embark on a sit down protest until the above and related concerns are addressed’.


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