Court fines CAC for meddling in unionism

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The National Industrial Court of Nigeria has slammed N1m fine on the Corporate Affairs Commission for interfering with the activities of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Employees, an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress.

The President of NICN, Justice B. B. Kanyip, fined the CAC the amount as general damages, while delivering judgment in a matter between the commission and AUPCTRE in Abuja.

AUPCTRE had, through its lawyer, Okon Efut, SAN challenged CAC at the industrial court over what it described as anti-workers policies in the commission.

A copy of the judgment was obtained by journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.

The union also accused the CAC CEO of stopping loans, refusal to pay the 2019 promotion arrears to deserving workers and stoppage of salaries of workers without following due process at the peak of COVID-19 pandemic.

Kanyip, while delivering, expressed the displeasure at CAC for gagging of trade unions since 2004.

According to the Judge, the CAC has never hidden its dislike for trade union activities in the commission.

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