Management of Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech), Lagos has reminded its striking staff that the ‘no work, no pay’ policy of the Federal Government is still in force and therefore, may be pushed to applying it on the workers who refuse to return to work immediately.
A statement issued by the college management read that “the management might be constrained to apply the principle of “No work, no pay,” on workers who fail to respect the laws of the land and desist from participating in illegal strike actions and disruption of academic activities”.
The three unions on campus had gone on strike last Friday following alleged non-payment of some allowances attached to their salaries. Appeals from management that the stoppage was not peculiar to the institution and that all other federal polytechnics had long stopped the payments of such allowances fell on deaf ears.
The management yesterday directed staff attention to a federal government circular Reference number 58598/S.1/11/182 dated June 22 and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation which frowned against strike in the federal public service.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal said government had observed with dismay that many workers’ unions in Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) “are in the habit of embarking on strike actions on the flimsiest of excuses, leading to disruption of services and orderliness in the affected organizations.
“It is even more worrisome that, often the issues being canvassed could be amicably resolved through dialogue without recourse to industrial action.
“Government has deemed it necessary to remind workers and their respective unions of the “n work, no pay” rule as contained in Section 43 of the Trade Disputes Act Cap 18, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria which states that where any worker takes part in a strike, he shall not be entitled to any wages or other remuneration for the period of the strike, and any such period shall not count for the purpose of reckoning the period of continuous employment and all rights dependent on continuity of employment shall be prejudiciary affected accordingly.”
Meanwhile, the management has directed all deans/heads of service units and directors of academic units to open registers in their offices for staff who attend to their normal daily duties to sign.
A circular signed by the Deputy Registrar, Senior Staff Personnel, Dr. Emmanuel Akinwale reminded the workers that the National Board for Technical Education had on June 10, 2016 directed that: “Allowances of staff should not be paid from Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) except for Part-Time teaching.”
He, therefore, enjoined all staff to attend to their normal duties in the interest of industrial harmony as the provision of the rule would be applied.