Trade Union Congress has threatened to sue Dr. Wale Babalakin, Chairman of Stabilini Visinoni Limited to court over his illegal sacking of over 2,500 workers without paying them their 9 months salaries and arrears worth N100 million.
Organised Labour under the auspices of Trade Union Congress (TUC) has threatened to sue Dr. Wale Babalakin, Chairman of Stabilini Visinoni Limited to court over his illegal sacking of over 2,500 workers without paying them their 9 months salaries and arrears worth N100 million. TUC under its affiliates Construction & Civil Engineering Senior Staff Association (NUCECFWN) decried the manners in which Babalakin and his management have been victimising and enslaving workers without recourse to the rules and regulations guiding labour activities in the country.
Speaking at the picketing of Babalakin’s Stabilini Visinoni Limited in Lagos, yesterday, the representative of Construction & Civil Engineering Senior Staff Association, Comrade Maxwell Ochuko said that they were shocked over the illegal sacking of over 2,500 workers of the company without recourse to justice as they were owed nine months salaries, gratuity benefits, severance packages, cooperative contribution, pension, arrears on the National joint industrial council agreement for 2011 and 2013 ( NJIC ).
According to him, the union was totally disappointed in Babalakin’s action that such a person that described himself as knowledgeable of law is the one flaunting rule of law.
Ochuko while narrating how Babalakin took over the ownership of Stabilini Visinoni in 1995 said that he was the company’s legal adviser but decided to buy the company’s asset from the Italian investors who were the core owner of Stabilini Visinoni in the wake of the annulled 1993 Presidential elections won by Late sage Chief Moshood Abiola when they departed the country believing that there would be war in Nigeria.
He said Babalakin’s ownership of Stabilini Visinoni was greeted with wide jubilation by the Nigerian workers that a Nigerian has taken over the running of the company from the Italians. “In 1995, when Dr Babalakin took over the ownership of Stabilini Visinoni Limited, workers were happy that the company is now owned by a Nigerian because; we thought that the Italians were enslaving us. But, our hope was dashed as that was the beginning of our suffering.