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ASUP: Minister denies warning strike in labour law

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Tuesday reminded labour unions in the country that there was nothing like warning strike in the nation’s labour laws, warning however that the government may be forced to apply the no work no pay rule.
The Minister appealed to striking Polytechnic lecturers under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) to call of their five-day warning strike in the interest of the nation and the students.
The polytechnic lecturers had, on Monday began a five-day warning strike over government refusal to address issues affecting the polytechnic sector after two ultimata to the government in July 2016 and November 2016 were not addressed by government.
In a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja, the Minister informed members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) that there was nothing like warning strike in the nation’s labour laws.
He said: “I wish to assure you that the Federal Government is ready and willing to fully dialogue with the members of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), and Government will open an unhindered channel of communication with all Stakeholders and shall maintain this.”
He said that the Federal Ministry of Education has been discussing the issues with ASUP on the concerns raised, pointing out that “it is important for Trade Unions to embrace social dialogue in the pursuit and attainment of the economic and social interests of their members anchored on equity, natural justice and agreed procedures
“I wish to remind the Trade Unions that there is nothing like a “Warning Strike” in our National Industrial Relations System (NIRS) – a strike is a strike and is subject to all the rules governing strike in the world of work.’
“Accordingly, the provisions of Section 43 of the Trade Disputes Act, CAP. T8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN), 2004, will apply regarding the law of “No Work No Pay’’ by workers/employees notwithstanding any other circumstances in any section of the Act.”
“Once more, I wish to appeal to the trade unions to embrace dialogue as the Federal Government is fully committed to peaceful resolution of all the issues at stake”.

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