The Federal Government has issued a statement warning labour leaders, as well as workers in both the public and private sector that it will enforce the “no work no pay” rule if they proceed on the planned strike action.
The statement which was released a few hours ago by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bachir Lawal, warned workers to respect the rule of law and desist from any illegal strike action.
Mr Bachir assured that the government would guarantee the safety of workers at their work places and directed workers to continue normal work in the interest of the nation.
This is coming after a court order issued earlier today by the National Industrial Court restrained the NLC from proceeding with the strike.
Labour leaders and representatives of the federal government had earlier in the day met at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to resolve the matter.
A meeting which ended in a deadlock and saw factions of the NLC and allied trade unions opting out of the proposed strike.
The SGF in the statement also mandated all ministers, permanent secretaries and heads of government agencies and parastatals to invoke the “no work no pay policy” in respect of any staff who absents himself from duty.
Quoting the Trade Dispute Act, 2004, the SGF reminded workers in both public and private sector 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’.
Mr Bachir also directed that attendance registers be opened in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies in order to ensure full compliance.
He warned that security operatives will mete appropriate response to any acts of intimidation and harassment, including: blocking of gates, locking up of offices, and preventing workers from carrying out their legitimate duties unhindered.