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FG Orders Invocation of “No Work No Pay” on Workers who Go on Strike

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SGF Babachir David Lawal

SGF Babachir David Lawal

The Federal Government has directed the invocation of statutory provision of “No Work, No Pay” on any worker who joined the strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over the new fuel price regime.

The directive was contained in a statement issued Tuesday night, signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.

Factional president of NLC Ayuba Wabba who briefed journalists after Tuesday’s meeting with the Federal Government, said his team arrived at its decision to proceed on strike following the inability of the Federal Government to meet up with its demand to revert to the N86.50K old pump price of fuel.

After the meeting, the SGF said that the Trade Union Congress (TUC) are cooperating with the Federal government and have said that they will return to work on Wednesday. “It is not the same with the NLC however. They have two factions, one agreed completely with the position of the TUC,” he said.

The SGF ordered Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Government Agencies to enforce the directive and open attendance registers in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

He said the order was sequel to the notice issued by the NLC for workers to embark on an indefinite strike from Wednesday in defiant of an order of National Industrial Court.

“This notice is regrettably given in spite of an order by the Industrial Court against the strike. All workers, whether in public or private sector, are reminded of the Trade Dispute Act, 2004 which provides:

‘Where any worker takes part in a strike, he shall not be entitled to any wages or remuneration for the period of the strike and any such period shall not count for the purpose of reckoning the period of continuous employment and all rights dependent on continuity of employment shall be prejudicially affected accordingly.’

Government, therefore, calls upon and advises all workers to respect the laws of the land and to desist from participating in an illegal strike action.

Government undertakes to guarantee the safety of workers and their work places, and expects that normal work will continue in the interest of the nation,” he said.

Lawal said that the security agencies had been directed to ensure unimpeded access to offices, work places and markets.

He assured that acts of intimidation, harassment, including barricading of gates, locking up of offices, blocking of roads and preventing workers from carrying out their lawful duties would be met with appropriate response by the law enforcement agencies.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

6 Comments

  1. Kezhia

    May 18, 2016 at 9:39 am

    This is so wrong!

  2. My two cents

    May 18, 2016 at 10:23 am

    The government/court cannot force the people going to war. This is democracy! It seems like the judge was paid to give the verdict.

  3. Busarni

    May 18, 2016 at 10:56 am

    The ones they have worked for you are still owing them. Useless people; this is democracy you can’t just hand twist people and force policies down their throat. Zoo republic indeed

  4. Blessing Blendar

    May 18, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Dictatorship!!! Is this the government we voted for?

  5. Oh please

    May 18, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Typical northern government mentality. Military style approach to everything. This people have no concept of democracy at all. I blame the Nigerians that expected a goat to become a man.

  6. Tunmi

    May 18, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    How do you strike and still get paid? It’s one of the risks involved in a strike.

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