The Federal Government has presented a letter of approval of registration to the Amalgamated Union of App-Based Transport Workers of Nigeria (AUATWON), an informal sector trade union.
The membership of the new union comprises all app-based transport workers, online transport services, and e-hailing drivers and operators in Nigeria. Speaking in Abuja at the Presentation Ceremony, the Minister of Labour and Employment,
Chris Ngige, described the registration of the new union as a milestone in labour administration, particularly in the trade union services segment, adding that it marks a continued global journey to formalise the informal sector, which constitute the larger population in the world of work.
Ngige however urged the union to observe the provisions of Section 3 of the Trade Disputes Act, CAP.T8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, which demands that they should deposit copies of Collective Bargaining Agreements with the Minister of Labour and Employment.
In his remarks, President of AUATWON, Adedaramola Adeniran appreciated the minister for the registration of his union to protect the interest of their members who belong to the informal economy. Dr. Adeniran noted that their members before now were threatened due to lack of policies to protect their industry.