Buhari regime received’t tolerate undue strikes once more: Ngige

Buhari regime received’t tolerate undue strikes once more: Ngige

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Labour minister Chris Ngige and President Muhammadu Buhari

A composite of Labour minister Chris Ngige and President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime will not tolerate industrial strikes that don’t comply with due course of, “significantly in the course of the transition interval of the present administration,” says labour minister Chris Ngige.

An announcement by the ministry of labour disclosed this on Thursday.

The minister made the remarks shortly after receiving an ‘Award of Excellence’ conferred on him by the Nigerian Affiliation of Resident Medical doctors (NARD) at its forty second Annual Common Assembly/Scientific Convention.

As NARD referred to as for the evaluate of the Consolidated Medical Wage Scale (CONMESS) wage construction and the correction of “minor errors” within the round on the upward evaluate of the Medical Residency Coaching Fund (MRTF), non-taxation of the call-duty allowance and complained in regards to the non-payment of the brand new hazard allowances to deal with officers, Mr Ngige mentioned {that a} committee on the federal well being ministry was already engaged on that.

“It (committee) will swing into motion subsequent week to dialogue with the resident medical doctors and members of the Joint Well being Sector Union (JOHESU),’’ acknowledged the labour minister.

Mr Ngige burdened that there was no want for the medical doctors to situation a strike menace when the federal government had put a course of in movement to handle their issues.

“The federal authorities will not tolerate a strike that doesn’t move by means of due course of. Any group that embarks on strike might be visited with part 43 of the Commerce Dispute Act (TDA), Legal guidelines of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004,” added the labour minister. “It says that when a employee goes on strike, particularly these on important companies, the employer may refuse to pay compensation or wages which accompany work achieved.”

He insisted that the due technique of a strike “is that social dialogue negotiation with employers ought to be explored first” and “within the occasion of failure,” the labour ministry ought to be notified and, “lastly, a Commerce Dispute Discover (TDN) served.”

Mr Ngige suggested all aggrieved unions to mimic the medical doctors and start proactive discussions with the federal authorities reasonably than resort to strike.

In accordance with the labour minister, the Nationwide Salaries, Incomes and Wages Fee is engaged on the upward evaluate of the Medical Residency Coaching Fund (MRTF).


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