Why Civil Servants can not join nationwide strike – FG

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The Federal Government has ordered all civil servants to shelve plans of embarking on a nationwide strike slated for Monday, Sep 29, 2020.

Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have disclosed plans of going on strike due to the recent hike in petrol price.

However, Yemi Esan, Head of Civil Service stated there is a court injunction which barrs civil servants from joining the planned strike.

In a statement, Yemi Esan said the federal government is already in talks with relevant labour unions to resolve any conflict among stakeholders.

She said:

“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.

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“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.”

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