Petition against the NGN20,000 deduction from members by CCESSA.

Petition against the NGN20,000 deduction from members by CCESSA.

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Mary Nwosu started this petition to Silvester Erayokan - President SSA. and

For those who are unaware, the sum of Twenty Thousand Naira, would be deducted from your salary.

On the strength of a letter received from CCESSA, the President of the JBN Senior Staff Association vide a letter dated 27 April 2021 informed members that the said levy would be deducted in 4 (four) instalments from May through August 2021. Both letters were sent to the JBN SSA RCN what’s app group on the 29th of April, 2021 titled ’CCESSA levy’

JBN senior staff  upon attainment of the seniority cadre automatically become members of CCESSA and pay a monthly levy of N2812.50 deducted at source to the association (seen as ‘union contribution’ on the pay slip)

These monthly levies paid by members are ostensibly used to carry out developmental projects and the administration of the Association. It is therefore right to conclude that, contributions towards any form of project by the association outside the membership levy should be VOLUNTARY.

Assuming but without conceding that there was, indeed, a reason to raise more funds, such decision should have been reached in a general meeting via a voting by the majority and not at a gathering of a few members of the executive. An organisation, in this case CCESSA has no right to dictate a compulsory levy outside its check off due paid by members. It should at most be voluntary.

Let it be known that, although staff members of JBN are associated with CCESSA, extant labour laws make it clear that membership of any association is voluntary for either an individual or a corporate body.

Recall that in April 2018, NGN 5,000.00 (Five Thousand Naira) was deducted at source without due process. The reason given upon inquiry was that it would be applied towards the construction of this same secretariat. There is nothing tangible to show for this contribution. 

The association should seek assistance or in the alternative explore other ways to raise funds for the building project without infringing the right of its members by attempting to compel them to pay such levies. Such actions are unconstitutional and executive members have no right to make such decisions involving people’s wages particularly, in the light of current economic realities.

By signing this petition you;

1.      Formally register your protest and opposition to the directive.

2.      Request JBN management to immediately stop the proposed deduction.

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