NLC, GFBTU sign MoU on protection of migrant workers


By Michael Oche

In a bid to protect the human and labour rights of Nigerian migrants moving to Bahrain, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions(GFBTU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration.

The MoU which was signed on Monday at the sideline of the ongoing International Labour Conference in Geneva, will ensure that the two labour centres share information as well as work together in the protection of rights of migrant workers.

NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba signed on behalf of the NLC.

Nigeria Pilot reports that the signing of the agreement is the climax of discussion which started between the NLC and GFBTU in November 2021 under the FAIRWAY Project of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

There has been a steady increase of Nigerian migrants inflow into Bahrain, as well as the growing cases of infractions and attacks on the human and labour rights of African migrants in the Middle East countries.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, the NLC with support from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) stepped up its campaign and advocacy in pursuit of collaboration with sister trade unions from the Middle East countries in a bid to ensure that will ensure better protection of the rights of labour migrants from Africa and particularly Nigeria.

Last September, the NLC and the ILO signed an Implementation Agreement that seeks to strengthen effectiveness of workers’ organizations for enhanced engagement in the overall national labour migration governance process in Nigeria.