As part of activities to mark World Day for Health and Safety, the organised labour has advised employers to take seriously the safety of employees. Vice-President, Industriall Global Union, Comrade Issa Aremu, gave this advice in Lagos.
He urged workers to give priority to health and safety in their work places, stressing that doing so was the best measure to enhance their productivity and measure up to standards required among workforce in the country.
He said Nigeria would be a labour-friendly nation if more measures are taken to boost the safety of workers at work as well as reward them in line with labour laws and international statutes.
On his part, another speaker, Michael Fadipe, in his paper themed, “Health and Safety Issues at Work: Developing Effective Trade Union Response ,” enjoined workers to be conscious of their rights and duties at their work places.
He noted that workers had the rights to refuse working in an environment that is dangerous to their health and safety or any other worker, adding that to make progress in occupational safety and health within an organisation, workers and their representatives have to cooperate with employers.”