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FG Threatens Labour; Declares ‘No Work, No Pay. Labour Vows Indefinite Strike

The Federal Government’s attempt to stop labour from striking had failed. Negotiations between government and labour broke down on Tuesday as the Nigerian Labour Congress walked out of the meeting. In a desperate move to cow labour, the Federal Government has invoked the policy of no work, no pay, having approached the National Industrial Court for an injunction against labour – labour says it did not receive any notice of injunction. The NLC is however adamant and insists on striking to protest the increase in pump price of petrol from the former 86.50 naira to N145 a litre.

Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Ahmed, issued the order in a statement released on Tuesday 17 May, 2016, and saying the planned strike by NLC is illegal since there is a court order.

Read the full Statement:


The attention of all Public Officers is drawn to the notice issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to embark on an indefinite strike from Wednesday, 18th May, 2016. This notice is regrettably given in spite of an Order by the Industrial Court against the strike action.

  1. Government, therefore, calls upon and advises all workers to respect the laws of the land and to desist from participating in an illegal strike action. Government undertakes to guarantee the safety of workers and their work places, and expects that normal work will continue in the interest of the nation. Accordingly, Security agencies have been directed to ensure unimpeded access to offices, work places and markets. Acts of intimidation, harassment, including barricading of gates, locking up of offices, blocking of roads and preventing workers from carrying out their lawful duties will be met with appropriate response by the law enforcement agencies.
  2. All workers, whether in public or private sector are further reminded of the Trade Dispute Act, 2004, which provides 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.”
  3. Accordingly, all Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Government Agencies are hereby directed to invoke the provision of “no work no pay” in respect of any staff who absents him or herself from work to join the strike action. Attendance registers are required to be opened in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

Engineer Babachir David Lawal

Secretary to the Government of the Federation

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