According to media reports, the Federal Government has observed with dismay that many Workers’ Unions in Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies are in the habit of embarking on strike actions on the flimsiest of excuses, leading to disruption of services and orderliness in the affected Organizations.
It is even more worrisome that, often the issues being canvassed could be amicably resolved through dialogue without resulting to industrial action.
Details of “No Work, No Pay” Policy
Based on the reasons stated above the Federal Government has brought out some resolutions:
- Government has deemed it necessary to remind workers and their respective Unions of the “NO WORK, NO PAY” rule as contained in Section 43 of the Trade Disputes Act Cap T8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 which states that:
“Where any worker takes part in a strike, he shall not be entitled to any wages or other 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 prejudiciary affected accordingly”
- Accordingly, Government is constrained to advise all workers and their unions to respect the laws of the land and desist from participating in illegal strike actions and disruption of services in the MDAS.
- Accordingly, all Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Government Agencies are hereby directed to ensure that they strictly enforce this rule.