Against Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)’s proposed nationwide strike, Edo State Government warns workers in the state civil service not to join the strike or forfeit their salaries.
The state government declared this warning in a statement by the Head of Service, Gladys Idahor, on Wednesday, noting that the NLC’s action was illegal because of the injunction by the National Industrial Court which restrained the labour union from embarking on the strike.
The statement read in part:
“All workers are expected to be at their duty posts. Any worker who stays away from work will forfeit his or her pay as the ‘no-work-no-pay’ rule will be strictly enforced.
“All public schools and institutions are expected to remain open as school is in session. Heads of departments and parastatals are directed to keep records of workers’ attendance for further action.”
Contrary to this directive, Chairman of the Edo State chapter of the NLC, had earlier on Wednesday said, all member unions are fully committed to the compliance of a nationwide strike directive from the national body.
Comrade Emma Ademokun, declared this in his address during a rally organised by labour at the King’s Square in Benin City, the Edo State capital. The Trade Union Congress (TUC) as well as most private establishments in Edo State opted out of the industrial action.
Meanwhile, workers in most states of the federation on Wednesday still went ahead with the proposed strike, despite the Industrial court’s restraining injunction, over the increase in the pump price of petrol from N86.50 to N145 by the Federal Government.
Labour and civil society organisations held rallies in most states to press home their demand that the Federal Government should reverse the price hike.