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Senate moves to stop banks from sexualizing female workers

The Senate yesterday examined a bill aimed at stopping employers in the public and private sector from using graduates as casual workers.

The bill, titled Prohibition of Casualisation Bill 2020, is sponsored by Senator Ayo Akinyelure.  The Law maker submitted thatcasualisation of Nigerian graduates in the Nigerian labor market had become a subject of great concern as workers continue to suffer under the immoral strategy of cutting cost by employers, rendering them inferior to their counterpart in other countries of the world.

According to him, Statistics from the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, shows that many workers in the telecommunications, oil and gas sectors are engaged as casual laborers by their employers.

Other sectors with thousands of casual laborers include Mining, Steel, Banking and Insurance.

Citing the banking industry as the hub for casualization, Akinyelure blamed banks for turning female marketers into what he described as sexual slaves and harlots in a desperate attempt to meet unrealistic deposit targets to protect their jobs.

Contributing to the debate, Senator Biodun Olujimi said girls had been turned into what they could not imagine, stating that the ladies involved would never be promoted if they failed to meet up with their demands.

She said the situation called for the provision of a legal framework to ensure that casualisation did not exist.

In his concluding remarks, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, referred the bill to the Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity and urged members of the Committee to strike a balance to ensure that casual workers in the country were not made victims of retrenchment.

 The Committee is to report back within four weeks.

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