The Federal Government has warned senior civil servants from Grade Level 12 and above to be at work on Monday and afterwards in defiance of a call for industrial action by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC).
A circular issued by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, on Friday reminded the senior workers and those on essential duties that the Federal Government had secured a court injunction barring the labour unions from embarking on the strike.
Nonetheless, a government team is negotiating with the unions to resolve outstanding grievances, Esan noted in the circular.
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.
“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.
“Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers are therefore enjoined to bring the contents of this circular to the attention of all concerned officers and ensure strict compliance.”