Ahead of the planned nationwide strike by organised labour on Monday, the Federal Government has warned civil servants under its payroll to shun the industrial action and report to work.
The government, through the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, warned all workers from Grade Level 12 against observing the strike, noting that there is a court injunction granted by the National Industrial Court restraining the organised labour from embarking on the strike.
Only Civil Servants from Grade Level 12 have resumed work officially since the easing of lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The organised labour comprising of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and affiliate groups have resolved to embark on a nationwide strike on Monday to protest against recent hike in fuel price and increase in electricity tariff.
The circular dated September 25, 2020, and titled, “The Nigerian labour unions planned industrial action,” noted the the government is currently engaging with the organised labour with a view to resolve the dispute.
It read, “Sequel to the call by the labour unions for workers to embark on industrial action from Monday, September 28, 2020, the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation wishes to inform all public servants that the Federal Government team is currently engaging with the labour unions with a view to resolving all contentious issues and avert the planned industrial action.
“Furthermore, it is important to note that there is a court injunction granted by the National Industrial Court (Suit No. NICN/ABJ/253/2020) on September 24, 2020, restraining the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria from embarking on any tom of industrial action pending the hearing and determination of a motion on notice.
“Accordingly, all officers on Grade Level 12 and above and those on essential services are hereby strongly advised to be at work to perform their official duties.
“Permanent secretaries and chief executive officers are therefore enjoined to bring the contents of this circular to the attention of all concerned officers and ensure strict compliance.”