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Fuel/Electricity Price Hike: FG warns civil servants against joining September 28 strike

Valentine Chinyem

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Sequel to the meeting between the federal government and organised Labour, Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) and Trade Union Congress(TUC), Grade Level 12 have been warned not to join the proposed strike scheduled for Monday, September 28.

Amongst those warned by the government not to join in the strike are those on essential services.

The government had failed to reach an agreement with organised labour after it increased petrol price and electricity tariffs in the country.

However, in a circular issued by Head the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, it was revealed that the government had gotten a retrainin order from the National Industrial Court on Thursday, in bid to prevent the unions from embarking on the strike. This is pending the hearing and determination of a Motion on Notice.

The circular reads: “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 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 24th 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.

“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.”