Minimum Wage: Nigerian Govt. To Invokes the Principle of no-work-no-pay


The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the implementation of the no-work, no pay principle when workers go on strike in the federal public service. Chris Ngige, The Minister of Labour and Employment, on Wednesday while briefing State House Correspondents after FEC meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
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“FEC in turn, empanelled a committee of ten which I chaired to do a government Draft White Paper on those contentious areas that the technical committee had looked at. These contentious areas are enforcement of section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act Law of the Federation 2004; this is the section that deals with lockout of workers by their employers without declaring redundancy appropriately.
Because in some establishments, especially in the private sector, workers are locked out by their employers; so the law there says that if you lock your workers without passing through the normal channel-due process. For the period of the lock out, the worker is assumed to be at work and will receive all the remunerations and allowances, benefits accruing to him for the period and that period will also be counted for him as a pensionable period in the computation of his pension.
But when workers go on strike, the principle of no-work-no-pay will also apply because that principle is enshrined in the same section 43 of the Labour Act. Government realises that some persons in the public service go into trade union executive positions; hold offices; and they do that for life; for as long as they are in the service. In doing so, they will refuse postings and deployments under the guise that are doing trade union activities; government says no. You have to be a public servant first before you become a trade unionist; therefore, if you are there; the public service rules will also apply to you.
And in doing so, government says establishments will look at the issues and give it a human face in order not to disrupt trade unionism. And in furtherance to this, government has also said that there must tenure stipulations because people stay there without tenure; many organisations give people union positions without tenure; government says there is no office that does not have tenure.’’