President Buhari Gives Epic Warning To Nigerians: No Work, No Pay If You Go On Strike

The Federal Executive Council has endorsed the usage of the no work, no pay rule when workers go on strike in the government open administration. Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, unveiled this on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while talking to State House Correspondents after FEC meeting managed by President Muhammadu Buhari. He said the endorsement was spin-off of the appropriation of the Draft White Paper on the Report of the Technical Committee on Industrial Relations Matters in the Federal Public Service.

Ngige said that the general population benefit in Nigeria was bothered by issues and strife territories; subsequently governments, after some time, set up different boards and conveyed out handouts in an offer to stem modern debate. The clergyman said that the specialized advisory group, which was introduced on April 27, 2016, did their work and submitted it to the FEC in October 2017.

“FEC in turn impaneled a committee of 10, which I chaired to do a government Draft White Paper on those contentious areas that the technical committee had looked at. These contentious areas are enforcement of section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act Law of the Federation 2004; this is the section that deals with lockout of workers by their employers without declaring redundancy appropriately. Because in some establishments, especially in the private sector, workers are locked out by their employers; so the law there says that if you lock your workers without passing through the normal channel-due process.


“For the period of the lock out, the worker is assumed to be at work and will receive all the remunerations and allowances, benefits accruing to him for the period and that period will also be counted for him as a pensionable period in the computation of his pension. But when workers go on strike, the principle of no-work-no-pay will also apply because that principle is enshrined in the same section 43 of the Labour Act.’’

As per Ngige, the segment says that for the period a laborer pulls back his administrations, government or his bosses are not qualified for pay. The pastor said that under the area, the period for which the laborer was missing would not consider some portion of his pensionable period in general society benefit. He said that FEC acknowledged it as a white paper proposal that ought to be gazetted in light of the fact that even the National Industrial Court had made proclamation on that law and said that it was clear. Ngige said that another zone was the issue of local officials remaining for all time in the official bodies on exchange associations.


“Government realises that some persons in the public service go into trade union executive positions; hold offices; and they do that for life; for as long as they are in the service. In doing so, they will refuse postings and deployments under the guise that are doing trade union activities; government says no. You have to be a public servant first before you become a trade unionist; therefore, if you are there; the public service rules will also apply to you.

“And in doing so, government says establishments will look at the issues and give it a human face in order not to disrupt trade unionism. And in furtherance to this, government has also said that there must tenure stipulations because people stay there without tenure; many organisations give people union positions without tenure; government says there is no office that does not have tenure.’’

Ngige said that exchange associations, from now on, should introduce constitutions that must have residencies; in any event, most extreme of two residencies for any elective position. He said that another part of the report examined by the committee was the issue of home preparing for restorative specialists. As per him, the habitation preparing for restorative specialists has been petulant one as some therapeutic specialists come into this preparation and end up proficient unionists and remain there as lasting occupation. He said that the Federal Government had settled residency for living arrangement preparing of restorative specialists, which was seven years inside the learner was to pass every one of his exams or quit.

Ngige said that FEC likewise took a gander at the Ayere provide details regarding between expert contention in the wellbeing part and guided the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to display it FEC for consideration. On the lowest pay permitted by law, the pastor repeated that the Federal Government’s position was N24,000 every month. He said that once the lowest pay permitted by law was settled, any association or express that had the ability to pay more could do that. Ngige refered to that Edo, Delta and Lagos states paid their laborers more than the current N18,000 national the lowest pay permitted by law.

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