The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria has described the ‘no work, no pay’ rule as an empty threat by the government to discourage Nigerians from fighting for their rights.
The association stated that if the government proceeded to implement the policy, it would order its members to sit at home for one month.
The Secretary-General of ASCSN and founding Secretary-General of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, Mr. Solomon Onaghinon, said this in a telephone interview with MEDIA
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN), had threatened to invoke the policy in line with public service rules.
He had said, “It is pertinent to remind all Nigerians that the enjoyment of these rights and freedom must be consistent with the letters and spirit of the constitution.
“The current strike by the organised labour, which has prevented the legitimate pursuit of economic activities across the country in defiance of a valid subsisting order of a superior court of record, transgresses the parameters set by the constitution and extant laws.
“In the event that public servants continue to disregard the terms of their employment in the absence of any trade dispute and especially in the face of blatant disregard of a subsisting court order, the government will not hesitate to enforce the ‘no work, no pay’ policy.”
But reacting to the threat, Onaghinon said the ASCSN would adopt new strategies.
He said, “The ‘no work, no pay’ rule is not a new directive whenever we are in crisis of this nature; at the end of the day, we shall resolve it. There is a meeting going on right now and all those issues will be part of the meeting.
“The removal of subsidy affects the entire nation and we will give any sacrifice to ensure that Nigeria is not destroyed. So, whatever sacrifice that is needed to preserve this country, we have to do it and after that we will begin to think of individual situations, including the ‘no work, no pay’ rule.
“If the government insists on it, we will adopt a strategy that we won’t work for one month, all of us. Can the government bear it? Whose law will be stronger – the civil servants or the government? They are just bringing that policy to discourage Nigerians from doing what is right.”
The ASCSN scribe, however, advised Nigerians to be focused, saying, “This price hike is unprecedented and not necessary.”
Onaghinon said, “Nigerians all over the country are angry. Forget the people who have collected N20:00 to support the removal of fuel subsidy. The entire subsidy that they have removed for the past 30 years, what have we benefited?
“The diesel that has been deregulated for over five years ago, has the price ever come down? All the stories are the same; they have been telling us the same stories for the past 30 years and they will tell the same story to our great grandchildren unless the matter is properly resolved now.”