The Federal Minister of Labour and Productivity has approved APM Terminals request to place female employees on night shifts.
In a bid to advance diversity and inclusion in the work place, APM Terminals sought the approval of the Federal Government to have its female employees, who have indicated interest and willingness to work night shifts. The Nigerian Labour Act prohibits women from working night shifts in an industrial setting unless the approval of the Federal Government is sought and obtained.
The Federal Government’s approval also requires APM Terminals to comply with the provisions of Convention 171, also known as the Night Work Convention of the International Labour Organisation, which contains extensive provisions for the safety and protection of women working night shifts. The Convention also encourages decent employment opportunities and enhances social protection of workers.
The actions of the Federal Government is an indication of its willingness to promote gender diversity and inclusion within organisations in Nigeria. The Federal Government’s letter communicating the approval to APM Terminals reveals that the same was granted based on the company’s existing physical provisions and its robust maternity policy. With sound legal advice, other companies in the industrial sector are also able to successfully obtain approvals for their female employees to work night shifts.
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