FEDERAL Executive Council, FEC, has
given approval for government agencies to
begin the implementation of “no work no
pay” rule against striking public workers.
Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr
Chris Ngige, disclosed this while briefing
State House correspondents on the outcome
of the council meeting on yesterday.
He said the approval was given based
on the recommendations of a technical
committee report which reviewed the
country’s industrial relations, particularly in
the public sector.
He said the 2016 technical report
emphasised the need to implement the
measure because it is neither a rule nor a
policy but a law captured in Section 43 of the
Trade Disputes Act of the Federation.
He said: “It 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.
“So, Council today re-emphasized that
that law is still ‘in situ’ and that it should be
brought to the knowledge of workers in the
public and private sector, especially those in
the public sector.
“We have to do that because of the spate
of industrial crises we have suffered in the
last two months, when we had plethora of
strikes all over the place.
“So, Council has said this should be reemphasised
to workers so that they will
know.
“Meanwhile for the strike embarked upon
the last time, we will see what we can do
about that because there is a law in place.”
Ngige cited the International Labour
Organisation, ILO; convention which he
said recognizes the action, especially as it
concerns those on essential services like
doctors.
He said: “It permits the employer to get
people in to work in such establishments
on ad-hoc basis for the period that those
workers have withdrawn their services.
“Overseas these laws are enforced, that
is why when unions go on strike they pay
them for the period they are on strike and
they do so on check-off dues. And is why
strikes overseas last one, two days or highest
72 hours because the laws are clear and are
not enforceable.”
He said the council was determined to
checkmate workers who “are permanently
doing union activities, they are presidents of
trade unions for life and they sit tight.”
Ngige also disclosed that the Labour
Ministry has been directed to fish out the
unions that have no constitutions with
prescribed time limit for their elected
officers.
He said such unions should be made to
comply with the law, so that people can be
elected, they serve out their terms and other
people will take their place.
The minister alleged that some union
officials use their positions to avoid
transfers, other work-related directives and
duties.
He added: “Council also looked at part
of the recommendation on Collective
Bargaining Agreement (CBA): if an
employer and employee have a dispute and
the reconcile.
“The product of reconciliation is the
bargaining agreement. Most times, those
agreements are not signed, they are usually
signed by wrong persons.
“So, Council agreed with us that
according to the labour laws, they should
be signed and whenever issues of salaries
and wages are involved, National Salaries,
Income and Wages Commission must
sign, the ministry of labour must sign and
the document domiciled in the Ministry of
Labour in consonant with Section 4 of the
Trade Dispute Act.”
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doctors
Also yesterday, the federal government
has banned medical doctors working in
public hospitals from private practice. The
decision was taken at yesterday’s Federal
Executive Council, FEC; meeting presided
by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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  • vic

    NONE OF THE MEASURES ANNOUNCED BY HE GOVERNMENT WILL WORK. WAIT AND SEE.

    THE GOVERNMENT IS THE CAUSE OF FREQUENT STRIKES BY WORKERS BECAUSE GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO GIVE WORKERS RIGHTS.