World Federation of Trade Unions

The World Federation of Trade Unions expresses its sympathy and condolences to the families of the five workers who lost their life and the dozens who are still missing after a building collapse in a market area of Nigeria’s economic hub, Lagos, on Monday, November 1st. This accident confirms once again how crucial is the workers’ demand for health and safety in workplaces. Time was lost until the rescue team arrives on the spot; for quite many hours after the collapse, hundreds of people were still looking around the ruins helplessly for their family members and many were digging by their hands. The World Federation of Trade Unions strongly believes that the people and the workers of Africa have the power to change their lives and calls upon the class oriented trade unions of Nigeria and its people to struggle for full and stable work, for labor rights, for free and public healthcare, safe houses and safe workplaces; the raw materials and the agricultural production to be controlled and used by the people of Africa. The Secretariat

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WFTU statement on the construction site collapse in Lagos, Nigeria