The federal government has advised workers to shun the planned strike action by labor unions and report to work on Monday.
This was disclosed in a circular (dated September 25) signed by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan.
“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,” the circular stated.
The Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress had proposed to go on strike action to demand reversal of the recent electricity tariff and fuel price hike.
But Yemi-Esan stressed that there was a court ruling restraining the planned strike action by the NLC and the TUC.
“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 24 September, 2020 restraining the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria from embarking on any form of industrial action pending the hearing and determination of a Motion on Notice,” she stated.
Meanwhile, she held that her office was engaging the NLC and TUC so as to settle the matter.
“Sequel to the call by the Labour Unions for workers to embark on industrial action from Monday, 28th September, 2020, the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), wishes to inform all public servants that the Federal Government team is curently engaging with the Labour Unions with a view to resolving all contentious issues and avert the planned industrial action.
“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,” the circular stated.