NLC, TUC, ASUU, SSANU react to Nigerian govt’s move to implement ‘No Work, No Pay’ ‎during strikes - Newsalert NG

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Friday, 20 October 2017

NLC, TUC, ASUU, SSANU react to Nigerian govt’s move to implement ‘No Work, No Pay’ ‎during strikes



Labour officials have faulted the plan by the federal government to implement the ‘No work No pay” rule over workers’ strikes in Nigeria.


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, announced the plan after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council last week Wednesday, against the backdrop of a spate of strikes by industrial unions in the country.

Speaking with State House correspondents, Mr. Ngige said the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation had on April 27, 2016 set up a technical committee on industrial relations matters in the federal public service, following a directive by council.

He said the report the emphasised the need to implement the “No work, No pay” rule.

The no work no pay is, in fact, not a rule, or a policy but a law captured in the Trade Disputes Act of the Federation.

“Section 43 to be precise says that workers have a right to disengage from an employer if there is a breakdown in discussions or negotiation. But for the period that the worker does so, the employer should not pay and those periods are to be counted as non-pensionable times in the period of work,” Mr. Ngige said last week.

He said the federal government had to implement the law ‎because of the spate of industrial crises in the country in the last two months.

“The council looked at another recommendation in terms of people who are permanently doing union activities, they are presidents of trade unions for life and they sit tight, criticize those who are trying to do third term or fourth term while they themselves are sitting tight.

“Though we are not limiting any group to two years, three years, what we are insisting is that it should not be open-ended, you ought to give us in your constitution a term limit.,” he said.
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