PROFILE OF NUCECFWW
The history of NUCECFWW cannot be complete without mentioning NUCCEW the giant, reputed Trade Union of our time, whose organization and administration was a source of inspiration to many Labour observers for over (20) years.
The Nigeria Union of Construction and Civil Engineering Workers (NUCCEW) came into being via the Federal Government Trade Union Decree No. 22 of 1978 establishing industrial Unions in Nigeria on August 24, 1978 The Union emerged from twenty-five (25) different house Unions which hitherto existed in the industry before the merger, which came as a result of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s efforts to restructure unions along industrial lines.
The merging house unions and structures as gazetted in the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette No.6 OF 8TH February 1978 volume 65 page 159 no. 40. At the time of our taking off in 1978, this union has an average of 86,997 strong memberships.
It was foreseen that construction industry is Labour intensive and will require enormous organizational effort hence the department of organization and expansion was tailored to reflect the then nineteen (19) State structure of the political map of Nigeria. As at today NUCECFWW has Twenty three (24) State council structure with functional offices and officers to man them.
The Union was organized effectively by then leadership of the Union, when the 41 industrial Unions were again merged through the effort of the Nigeria Labour Congress who set up a committee for that purpose before the overzealous Ministry of Labour and productivity high jacked the merger process in 1996.
DATE OF REGISTRATION
National Union of Civil Engineering Construction Furniture and Woodworkers (NUCECFWW) after the Trade Union merger along industrial line by Decree 4 of January 1996. The Union has a certificate of Registration Number 004 of August, 1999.
NATURE OF ACTIVITIES
The nature and activities of the Construction and Wood sector covers the following
areas the membership of the union is drawn
- Construction, repairs, and demolition of buildings, highways, streets culverts. Heavy construction of such projects as sewers, dams, and water distribution networks; rail, roads, piers tunnels, subways, bridges, viaducts, drainage projects, irrigation, flood control projects, hydroelectric plants and cable laying and all other types of light construction.
Marine construction such as dredging, land draining, and reclamations, construction of harbors, waterways, wharfs, jetties, airports, rail-lines,
communication systems such as telephone and telegraph lines and all another engineering, construction and erection facilities such as refineries steel complexes and power works, erection and dismantling of oil rigs and of on-shore and off-shore installation while under construction.
Production, construction and laying of oil and gas mains and pipelines.
- Special trade in the field of construction such as carpentry, plumbing, plastering, electrical works stone breaking and quarrying civil architectural and soil engineering, surveying and related services.
Manufacture of household, office, public building, professional and restaurant furniture, office, and store fixtures, windows, door screens and regardless of materials used.
- Sawmills and planing mills. Manufacturer of lath, shingles, co-operate. Stock
Veneers, plywood and excelsior, wood preserving and manufacture of finished articles made of wood, bamboo, can and cork.
Manufacturer of lumber, wooden building materials, prefabricated parts and structure of boxes and crates, drums and other wooden containers.
- Joinery and wood works which include carpentry, veneer, paneling and
polishing, woodwork machining, turning and wood lathing etc.
NUMBER OF BRANCHES: The union is presently having three hundred and two (302) branches spread across all over the states of the Federation.
NAME OF UNION: – National Union of Civil Engineering Construction Furniture and Wood Workers (NUCECFWW)
NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS: – CONSTRUCTION LABOUR HOUSE (No. 18/24 New Era Road Alimosho, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos, Nigeria)
POSTAL ADDRESS: – Private Mail Bag – 1064 Ebute – Metta, Lagos.
TELEPHONE NUMBERS: – 08178805373
PRIMARY CONTACT NAMES AND TITLE: – Comrade Amechi F. Asugwuni,
National President – 08035654663
NAME TITLE PHONE
- Com. Ibrahim A. Walama General Secretary 08068909870
- W.O. Ezuruonye DGS, HOD Education/Training/Research/ International Relations 08033210110
- B. Osabuogbe DGS, HOD Organizing/ Recruitment 08033134539
- A. Balogun DGS, HOD Industrial Relations and Wages 08033388807
- K. S. Oladipo HOD Administration 08023157249
MEMBERSHIP TYPE: – CIVIL ENGINEERING AND WOOD INDUSTRY
MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION: – N1, 000 PER WORKER/ PER MONTH.
One of the principal aims and objectives of the union is the advancement of education, training, and research through participation in the business of publishing newspapers, books, pamphlets or other forms of literature in the interest of members with the main purpose of furthering the enlightenment of members of the Union and all working class generally.
There is the annual Education/Industrial relations conference, zonal industrial relations/Education workshops, seminars, symposia organized for the and file membership.
MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION FREQUENCY: MONTHLY
Individuals employed in the Construction and Furniture Industry. Advocated the cultural, economic, and social Interest of construction workers.
Fights for fair wages, work hours, and working conditions for construction workers; encourages the participation of workers in decision-making in the place; promotes high standards of work for the construction industry. Sponsors educational courses and research programs; conducts group discussions, seminars and workshops. Compiles statistics.
LIBRARY TYPE(S) REFERENCE
AWARD GRANTED BY ORGANIZATION: STUDY SCHOLARSHIP/ PERSONNEL CAPACITY BUILDING, SKILL ACQUISITION, COMPUTER TRAINING ETC.
COMPUTER SERVICES: FULLY COMPUTERIZED.
Building Wood Workers International (BWI); Organization of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU), International Labour Organization (ILO), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) etc.
CONVENTIONS AND MEETING:
TITLE: National Secretariat Committee (NSC)
FREQUENCY: MONTHLY OR AS THE NEED ARRISES
TITLE: Central Working Committee (CWC) Meetings
TITLE: National Executive Council (NEC) Meeting
TITLE: National Delegates Conference (NDC)
The international structure of the National Union of Civil Engineering Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers (NUCECFWW) is a function of the aims and diversity of its membership because of its individualistic character.
It has main individual member through the Branches, State/Area Councils, Central Working Committee, the National Executive Council and the National Delegates Conference.
- NIGERIA CONSTRUCTION SECTOR – A DISSECTING LOOK:
- Nigeria’s construction sector accounts for 4.2 percent of its GDP IN 2016 from 5.8% in 1981. More importantly, is the fact that despite the growth seen in the construction sector output, its construction total GDP has remained at abysmally low level.
- EMPLOYMENT SITUATION – TREND SINCE 2000
- Cyclic nature of the sector
- Employment trends is not stable.
- Economic indicator does not encourage investors to stabilize in employment generation.
- Niger Delta crisis affects the free flow of construction activities for many years.
- There is also community influence, militants, vandalization, kidnapping etc, have drastically reduced Construction activities in the region.
- Trend of militancy has now torn the Northern part of Nigeria by the Boko Haram.
- The use of casuals, sub-contractors and the out sourcing of employment is on the upsurge in the sector.
- CASES OF CLOSURE AND JOB LOSSES IN THE LAST DECADE:
- Nigeria operating environment, no doubt has major contributions both from a policy and political point of view.
- There are several industry dynamics characterizing high correlation with budgetary, huge operating leverage and low margins, specialization, earnings seasonality and interplay of professionals.
- Mapping of multinational corporations (MNCs) are some of the militating factors to ascertaining actual closures and job losses in the sector.
- However, it is the estimated that about one hundred and fifty (150) companies have closed shops with forty thousand (40,000) job losses.
- List of the closed companies includes but not limited to: Strabag, Stirling Civil Engineering, G. Cappa Plc, Hydro Construction Ltd etc.
- POTENTIAL EMPLOYMENT IN THE SECTOR:
- The construction sector is yet to realize is potentials despite Nigeria huge deficit in infrastructure.
- Nigeria physical infrastructure gap especially in transportation Road, Rail, Airports, and sea port – is strongest investment case for our optimism of growth sector.
- CURRENT CHALLENGES FACING THE SECTOR
- We identify financing dearth of Technical expertise and corrupt government, poor implementation as heavy challenges mitigating the development of infrastructure and hence the growth of the construction sector.
Notwithstanding the complexity of Nigeria’s business environment, especially with regards to dealing with construction permits the bottle necks in land acquisition and general laxity in contract enforcement are still key regulatory impediments to infrastructure development.
OTHER CHALLENGES ARE:
- Collapse of companies- western companies are leaving.
- Wide spread of violation of labour rights
- Increase in unemployment, underemployment, casual employment etc.
- Redundancy – This cause both economic and social crisis.
- Challenges of informal work and sub-contracting in the sector organizing.
- Wide spread of EPZS in country, Anti-labour practice in such zone
- Influx of Chinese Multinational Corporation (MNCs) in the sector
- POLICIES REQUIRED:
- Procurement policies in construction sector in Nigeria that would include Nigeria content both for human and materials to be sourced locally in the contracts; Nigeria professionals and skilled personnel etc.
- In other to attract investors, government liberalized employment and open up space not including local content.
This approach has greatly undermine the use of local workers by the influx of unqualified artisan/expatriates.
- Major concern is that the procurement policy in Nigeria does not take into consideration the interest of trade Union.
- Domestication of ILO convention 167 on issue of occupational, Health and Safety in construction sites.