Business activities were on Tuesday paralysed at the Abuja office of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria as workers commenced industrial action over poor welfare condition.

The workers under the umbrella body of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees are demanding the immediate approval and implementation of better conditions of service at the agency.

The also alleged that the Director-General of SON, Osita Aboloma had refused to obey the directive of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment on voluntarism.

Addressing journalists during the protest which began as early as 7:00 a.m., the Chairman Federal Capital Territory, AUPCTRE, Aliyu Maradun said the management of SON should stop all acts of intimidation and victimisation of members of staff.

He also said the union is calling for a reversal of all punitive transfers effected since “management’s onslaught on the union after the headquarters branch election.”

The Spokesman of SON, Mr Dipo Fashina when contacted said that the issues being raised by the workers were being addressed by the management.

For instance, on the issue of promotion arrears, he said that budgetary allocation had been made adding that the amount provided had already been approved in the 2019 budget by the National Assembly.

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