Friday 23 February 2018

No work, no pay, striking Nigerian workers told

No work, no pay, striking Nigerian workers told
(APA 10/11/17)

APA-Abuja (Nigeria) - Bogged down by a wave of strikes in recent months, the Nigerian government has resolved to enforce its “No Work No Pay’’ policy toward striking workers.

The policy is part of measures to restore harmony into the public service in the country, the Ministry of Works and Labour said in a statement seen by APA on Wednesday.

The country has been overran major strike actions which paralysed more than 93 federal and state universities, hospitals and clinics, as well as the petroleum sector.

University lecturers, on the platform of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) suspended a three month strike two weeks ago but the effect of the action is lingering with many students yet to take their examinations.

Also, non-academic staff of universities also went on strike, coinciding with the nationwide shut down of hospitals because of the strike of resident doctors.

Workers of some other vital sectors are spoiling for action, prompting the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, to issue the directive.

Ngige said the directive was taken at the meeting of the Federal Executive Council which met on Wednesday presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja.

He stated that the council’s decision to strictly observe and implement the policy followed the council’s acceptance of the recommendation of the report of the Technical Committee on Industrial Relation matters in the federal public service.

The committee which was chaired and co-chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Head of Service, was inaugurated on April 26, 2016.

The report emphasises the need for the government to implement the law on “No Work No Pay.

“The “No work No Pay’’ is not a rule neither is it a policy. It is a law captured in the Trade Dispute Act of the Federation, section 43, which says worker has the right to disengage their service from an employer if there is a breakdown in their discussion/negotiation” he said.

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