NIGERIAN GOVT: “No work, no pay; no continuous employment for public & private employees who join labor’s strike action! – Tola Adenle

May 18, 2016

Nigeria

Unusual things are going on in the dispute on gas price increment, including divisions that are showing up along ethnic and religious lines AND a dusting up of a strange “Trade Dispute Act” that all but cancels workers’ right to protest.

Pockets of resistance to the strike are also surfacing from labor’s ranks in addition to write-ups in print and online commentaries. Meanwhile, the union representing oil and gas workers AND Electricity workers have stated they are against any strike action.

In Nigeria, governments have always been able to have its way against workers’ interest and since the “subsidy” scam started two presidents back, workers have been betrayed often in what words in the streets are of union leaders being bought. During Jonathan’s presidency, there were outrageous stories of union leaders being paid with overseas real estate!

Whatever the cause of oil & gas’ NUPENG, for example, backing out of a strike action, it remains to be seen how government will move from this initial strong-arm tactic.

If market women, artisans, commercial drivers, housewives, for example, move into the streets, is government going to order shoot-at-sight since it has no leverage to use with  such groups?

Caution and reasonable process are needed before people get killed for protesting what they see as unjust system.

TOLA.

 

LABOR

“We have resolved to go ahead with the protest nationwide, as far as we are concerned, we are yet to be aware of any court injunction,” he said.

“And if there is any court injunction, we are just doing what federal government is fond of doing. The same Industrial court had stopped federal government from increasing electric tariff but till date federal government ignored us, they still went ahead, so we are embarking on the protest.”   – LABOR   on why its’ call for a strike is still on [saharareporters.com]

 

GOVERNMENT THREAT

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.”

NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT’S THREAT [premiumtimesng.com]

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016. 4:57 a.m. [GMT]

 

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4 Comments on “NIGERIAN GOVT: “No work, no pay; no continuous employment for public & private employees who join labor’s strike action! – Tola Adenle”

  1. folakemiodoaje Says:

    I like the reference to the electric tariff reminding people how government has failed to keep their side of the bargain. However, strike in Nigeria is messy as it goes on for too long and in the end nothing is achieved; as you’ve mentioned a few top leaders are bribed and case closed.

    It is hard no doubt with ever- increasing price on essential goods, I hope this all eases off soon.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Folakemi,

      One really hopes there will be a change of heart in high government circle so that the poor can be better served because they are the hardest-hit with all these spiraling prices.

      Thanks, and regards,
      TOLA.

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  2. Adegoke G. Falade Says:

    Let there be no strike! Because a national strike will only worsen the deplorable situation.
    APC government is …In my wildest dream, I never knew that we would be in this sorry state.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Prof., ‘bo le ti wa! I sent a couple of mails to ask after your well-being although I also thought you might have been on sabbatical outside these shores which would require a lot of your time. Anyway, great reading from your end.

      A strike is never good but government must be well-intentioned in using power.

      For example, I was surprised when I read that 2004 Dispute Act that has a democratic government almost taking away workers’ right to protest. Who knows how govt was able to get that kind of bargain from labor leaders?

      If it’s true that the Arbitration Court stepped in on the power rates but the govt went ahead and ignored what the court ruled, that would be really bad.

      I believe govt has to call labor reps and negotiate further.

      People were buying at “more than N145” simply because they were expecting reprieve – not a smart idea as I expressed to people in informal discussions. The Yorubas warn against taking what you would not eat anywhere near your nose!

      A 67% increment AND a de facto devaluation of the Naira to 370 to $1 is a real double whammy.

      Are you around these parts because you would/must have heard more than rumblings about prices in market places!

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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