All federal civil servants on Salary Grade Level 12 and above as well as those on essential services have been warned by the Federal Government to be at work from Monday, September 28 despite the industrial action declared the by Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress.
Recall that due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, some civil servants were advised to work from home.
Labour unions have insisted that not minding a court order restraining them from any strike action, they will begin nationwide industrial action and protest from Monday over the recent hike in fuel price and electricity tariff.
However, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, in a circular titled; “The Nigerian labour unions planned industrial action” and dated September 25, 2020, asked those civil servants still working to shun the industrial action.
The circular was addressed to all ministers, permanent secretaries, as well as heads of government agencies and parastatals.
It read; “Sequel to the call by the labour unions for workers to embark on industrial action from Monday, September 28, 2020, the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation 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 September 24, 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.”