Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Update on planned strike by NLC as FG reacts

Despite threats by the Ayuba Wabba faction of NLC to continue with its
planned strike action today May 18th, the Federal Government has
advised all workers in the Civil service to resume for work today,
saying the no work no pay rule will be invoked in all ministries,
agencies and department. Speaking after a meeting with labor yesterday
May 17th, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir
Lawal said:
"The National Industrial Court has given an injunction that no strike
by NLC and TUC should hold tomorrow (today). It is therefore clear
that anyone embarking on strike tomorrow (today) is doing so illegally
and government is assuring all Nigerians to come out and do their jobs
tomorrow (today). It the duty of government to provide security for
her citizens and anyone who tries to coerce any worker to do their
bidding would be made to face the law of the land. We had full
cooperation with the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria and they said
they are not going on strike.For them, it is a complete return to work
tomorrow (Wednesday).
"It is not the same with the NLC however. They have two factions, one
agreed completely with the position of the TUC. Government, therefore,
calls upon and advises all workers to respect the laws of the land and
to desist from participating in an illegal action. Government
undertakes to guarantee the safety of workers and their workplaces,
and expects that normal work will continue in the interest of the
"Accordingly, security agencies have been directed to ensure unimpeded
access to offices, workplaces and markets. Accordingly, all ministers,
permanent secretaries and heads of government agencies are hereby
directed to invoke the provision of 'no work no pay' in respect of any
staff member who absents himself or herself from work to join the
strike. Attendance registers are required to be opened in all
Ministries, Departments and Agencies."he said

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