FG Warns-Workers who participate in NLC strike to lose their wages

FG Warns-Workers who participate in NLC strike to lose their wages

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The
Federal Government has warned civil servants in the country not to
participate in Wednesday’s nationwide indefinite strike called by the
Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress.
According
to a statement signed by the Secretary to the Government of the
Federation, Babachir David Lawal any worker who participated in the
strike would not be entitled to his or her wage.

The statement read:

”The attention
of all Public Officers is drawn to the notice issued by the Nigeria
Labour Congress (NLC) to embark on an indefinite strike from Wednesday,
18th May, 2016. This notice is regrettably given in spite of an Order by
the Industrial Court against the strike action.
”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.
”Accordingly, Security agencies have been directed to ensure unimpeded access to offices, work places and markets.
”Acts
of intimidation, harassment, including barricading of gates, locking up
of offices, blocking of roads and preventing workers from carrying out
their lawful duties will be met with appropriate response by the law
enforcement agencies.
”All workers, whether in public or private
sector are further reminded of the Trade Dispute Act, 2004, which
provides that “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.”
”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 who absents him or herself from work to join the
strike action.
”Attendance registers are required to be opened in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies

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