NLC To Apply ‘No Pay, No Work’ Rule


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said that a ‘no pay, no work’ rule will be applied in all state councils where salary liabilities of up to three months exist.

NLC President Ayuba Wabba made this known at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) forum on Sunday in Abuja.

Wabba said:

We have given instructions to all of our state councils that where there is liability of salary up to three months, they should also apply the rule of ‘no pay, no work’ it is not only ‘no work, no pay’.

“You can also apply the rule in a reverse order of ‘no pay, no work’ and that is legitimate because the law provides that after 30 days of working, the worker is entitled to be paid.

“How can we encourage people that have put in their best or even those that are still in the system trying to put in their best without addressing this very fundamental issue?

“Those are the situations we have found ourselves across states and across different employments; I feel very sad with that situation but I think we will do all we can within our means and power to try to continue to protect all those workers.”

According to Wabba, workers must be seen as an asset to the country instead of bringing challenges to them.

He said, “The challenges have been there; instead of looking inward to try to address these challenges, the bulk of the issue have been shifted to the workers and that is why I think that you can effectively say that yes these workers are under attack.”

Wabba also disclosed that NLC discovered an alarming data when inventories of the liability of pension, gratuity and salaries were taken during a meeting held with the state councils.

He said, “When you see the data of how much it stands today of liabilities that workers have not been paid, the worst is that of gratuity which some states have a liability of up to 10 years.

Workers have worked for 30 or 35 years in service; they retired following the normal process but yet after retirement, they were not paid a dime.

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