The Federal Government has threatened to stop the salaries of non-teaching workers of universities for embarking on an indefinite strike.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen Chris Ngige noted that Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act 2004 and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) statutes permit the government to stop the salaries of workers when they are on strike.
He warned the government would not hesitate to invoke the laws if the unions fail to observe the rules guiding social dialogue.
Ngige said that the ongoing strike by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Allied Institutions (NASU), contravened Nigeria’s labour laws and the statutes of ILO.
The Minister noted that declaration of a strike during the negotiation was an act of intimidation, not allowed in labour negotiations, as doing so employees are tying the hands of the employers to the back.
He said these in his opening remarks during a social dialogue between the unions and the Federal Government on Thursday.