By Shola Abayomi.
The Federal Government has issued a circular warning all public servants from joining the planned labour strike.
Signed by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, the circular reminded civil servants of a subsisting injunction granted by the National Industrial Court (NIC) on the Thursday, 24 September, 2020 restraining the labour unions from embarking on any strike action.
The Head of Service consequently called on all civil servants from Grade level 12 and above, and those on essential services to report to work on Monday.
Although Dr. Yemi-Esan reported that the Federal Government was still having a dialogue with the leaders of the labour unions, it’s not yet clear if the reapproachment would avert the strike action the workers’ union have insisted would start on Monday.
President of the Trade Union Congress, Mr. Quadri Olaleye, said the Monday strike would proceed as planned, explaining that the labour unions cannot call off the strike until the agreement is signed.
He said, “Although government proposed some palliatives to cushion the effect of the hardship, we insisted that they should revert to the old price regimes in the oil and power sectors, while we are looking at the palliatives.
Definitely, that is the position as at today (yesterday). We cannot call off the strike till the agreement is signed,” Quadri insisted.
Secretary General of NLC, Comrade Emma Ugbaja, also told Journalists that there is no going back on Monday strike, hinting that mobilisation for the strike would continue throughout the weekend.