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8 May 2019



Alternative work arrangements have been on the rise and will continue to rise globally because of the potential of such work arrangements to create the new workforce ecosystem that meets the aspirations of the old generation traditional workers as well as the millennials and Generation.

While alternative work arrangements, practiced in the form of contract staffing and labour outsourcing, have been trending in Nigeria, the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) is carrying out “a quiet revolution” and judicial intervention in the current outsourcing regime ostensibly to protect the “rights” of this category of workers.

In attempting to protect the rights of this category of workers, the NICN through its recent judgments and jurisprudence would appear to be taking a position that portends the end days of contract staffing and labour outsourcing in Nigeria, the unintended consequences being their tendency to interfere with commercial contracts.

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