The federal government has said it will henceforth enforces the principle of no-work-no-pay principle on workers in the public sector who embark on strike.
Also, the period when workers are on strike is non-pensionable.
Labour and employment minister, Senator Chris Ngige, announced this while briefing the State House correspondents, on the outcome of the weekly meeting of the federal executive, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Ngige explained that the decision followed the recent strikes by workers in the public sector, adding that most of the recent strikes violated the provisions of the trade dispute act.
The minister said the International Labour Organization (ILO) specified strict punishment for workers who go on strike, especially those on essential service.
He said, “First and foremost, the report emphasised the need to implement the law on ‘no work, no pay.’
“The ‘no work, no pay’ is not a rule, neither is it a policy. It is a law captured on Trade Disputes Act of Federation.
“Section 43 to be precise says that workers have a right to disengage from an employer if there is a break down in discussions or negotiation. But for the period that the worker does so, the employer should not pay and those periods are to be counted as non-pensionable times in the period of work.
“So council today re-emphasised that that law is still in force and that it should be brought to the knowledge of workers in the public and private sector, especially those in the public sector.
“We have to do that because of the spate of industrial crisis we have suffered in the last two months, when we had plethora of strikes all over the place.
“So council has said this should be reemphasised to workers so that they will know. Meanwhile for the strike embarked upon the last time, we will see what we can do about that because there is a law in place.”