NLC strike: 7 things presidency wants Nigerians to know (Please pay close attention to no. 4)



The labour unions are threatening to go ahead with
their planned strike action
The petroleum minister, Ibe Kachikwu in a statement
said the decision was taken based on the current
challenges and that Nigerians have been paying
exorbitant prices for fuel.
This however didn’t go down well with the Nigeria
Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union
Congress (TUC), who vowed to go on strike to force
the federal government to revert to the former pump
price of petrol after walking out of a meeting held
with the representatives of the government.
NLC said they were angered by the decision of the
Federal Government to proceed to court, despite
existing negotiation which was at the instance of the
government.
The action of the NLC followed the failure of the
parties to resolve the dispute over the increase of the
pump price of petroleum by the federal government.
However the presidency released a statement
through Babachir David Lawal, the Secretary to the
Government of the Federation (SGF) on the indefinite
strike action by the NLC.
Below are 7 things the presidency said in reaction to
NLC’s indefinite strike:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Accordingly, security agencies have been directed
to ensure unimpeded access to offices, work places
and markets.
4. 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.
5. All workers, whether in public or p~~~~~e 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’.
6. 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.
7. Attendance registers are required to be opened in
all ministries, departments and agencies.

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