The federal government has started the method of imposing ‘no work, no pay’ rule said to be captured within the Trade Disputes of the Federation.
Once implemented, any employee who embarks on industrial action can lose his or her pay money for that amount whereas the amount of the strike won’t be eligible.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chief Chris Ngige, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the top of the weekly meeting of the Federal executive council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said the choice fashioned a part of the report of a technical committee established on April 27, 2016.
The minister said the choice had become necessary due to the numerous industrial actions witnessed within the country recently.
He said, “First and foremost, the report emphasised the requirement to implement the law on ‘no work, no pay.’
“The ‘no work, no pay’ is not a rule, neither is it a policy. It is a law captured on Trade Disputes Act of Federation.
“Section 43 to be precise says that workers have a right to disengage from an employer if there is a break down 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-emphasised that that law is still in force 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 crisis 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 said the council also looked at another recommendation in terms of people who are permanently doing union activities.
He said there square measure people who have remained presidents of trade unions for all times however criticise politicians attempting to seek third or fourth term whereas they themselves are sitting tight.
“It was in agreement that my ministry ought to continue with our work in terms of fishing out the unions that don’t have constitutions that visit limit for his or her elected officers.
“Such unions ought to be created to go with the law, so folks are often elected they serve out their term and others can take their place. that’s democracy at work,” he said.