- decent job creation and protection and economic recovery
On 15th June 2020, the Nigeria Consultative Association (NECA), the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (UTC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in response to Covid-19 repercussions on the economy and employment.
They agreed to “collaborate to promote enterprise sustainability and competitiveness, decent job creation and protection and economic recovery and renaissance of Nigeria”.
The MoU acknowledged that the virus negatively impacted 90% of production units, especially SMEs. As a result, social partners are committed to “identify joint actions and initiatives aimed at limiting the deterioration of economic activities and creating the conditions for a viable post Covid-19 rebound of businesses and avoid a disaster in terms of employment”, as well as “to work together to engage and prevail on Government to provide necessary economic stimulus packages to businesses particularly […] in aviation, hospitality, tourism, manufacturing and transportation […]” sectors.
NECA Director General, Timothy Olawale, commented how the crisis altered the dynamics in the world of work stating that “as employers and workers are both directly affected by the pandemic, it became necessary to work together in addressing the critical labour and socio-economic issues arising from the pandemic, especially from the perspective of the workplace”.