The Nigeria Labor Congress has requested that Nigerians stock up on sustenance as it will before long close down the whole nation. NLC said this in a report issued toward the finish of a crisis meeting of its National Executive Council in Abuja on Tuesday. In the report marked by the President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, and its General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, the association coordinated all subsidiary associations, state gatherings, common society partners, the casual segment and different companions of laborers and admirers of vote based system to start prompt assembly of their individuals.
The NLC criticized the administration for its ‘no work, no compensation’ strategy, including that what ought to have been actualized was ‘no pay, no work’. The statement added, “The NEC advised Nigerians to start stocking up food and other necessities of life as workers will ensure a total shut down of the country. The NEC-in-session similarly condemned the government for its design/plan to clamp down on labour via selective and erroneous invocation of the ‘no work, no pay” clause in the Trade Disputes Act, noting that the right to strike is both a human and trade union right and cannot be abridged as it is what distinguishes a worker from a slave.”
The NLC kept up that the national the lowest pay permitted by law must be N30,000 even as it blamed the Minister for Labor and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, of deviousness. It additionally kicked against the settling of residency for specialists holding association official positions in negation of the arrangements of ILO Convention 87.
The union added, “the prohibition or exclusion of non-card carrying members of trade unions from leading or being part of negotiation delegations of trade unions reminiscent of the Abacha military era.” It also resolved to organise a national day of mobilisation and sensitisation rallies for all workers to show their outrage and mourning in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT on October 30, 2018. The day will also be used to educate and sensitise Nigerians to the horrendous plight of workers and pensioners, the insensitivity and duplicity of the government on labour issues, and to protest the proposed obnoxious policies of government against organised labour.”
The union asked workers to disregard the ‘no work, no pay’ policy even as it restated its resolve to embark on a strike if the national minimum wage is not reviewed upward by November 6th. Recall that the Federal Executive Council 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 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.’’