One big decision that was made at the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday is the no-work, no-pay policy to be invoked on public officers.

The implication is that any union that embarks on strike henceforth should not expect to be paid within the duration of the strike.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, told journalists after the meeting.

Ngige said: “There were certain industrial matters that were looked into today (Wednesday) in council.  Council had earlier directed the SGF to set up a technical committee on industrial relations matters in the federal public service.

“This committee was set up precisely on April 27, 2016 and it produced a report. This report was all encompassing and council looked at it today.  First and foremost, the report emphasized 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.

“So council today re-emphasised that that law is still in sitting and that it should be brought to the knowledge of workers in the public and private sector, especially those in the public sector.

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“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 re-emphasised 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.

“Council also talked about job evaluation as mentioned earlier by the Minister of Health. As we speak today, there are about 14 compartments of scales in the public service. It was agreed that there is need for job evaluation to let people know their status where they should start their employment and their progression with, of course, financial attachments worked out by National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission.

“Finally, council has set up a small committee to look at the Yayale report and the white paper should be brought to council for final stamp.”

We already know that medical doctors in the habit of doing side hustle will have to start looking for other means, and their only option is farming, according to an existing law.

This is because the Nigerian government is also stopping doctors in public service from engaging in private practice.

Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, said after the FEC meeting on Wednesday that the decision became important because of the worrisome development in the health sector.


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