OrderPaperToday – The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), National Assembly chapter, has threatened an indefinite strike action come December the 18th, 2018 if its demands are not met forthwith.
Recall that legislative activities were grounded on Tuesday by PASAN following a picketing it carried out at the National Assembly.
The PASAN (NASS chapter) chairman, Musa Bature, made threat on Friday at the National Assembly complex, Abuja. He explained that the association earlier called off the picketing after its emergency meeting with the political leadership of the National Assembly on Wednesday where they were given assurances that the demands of the workers will be resolved.
According to him, the suspension of the picketing is “a mark of respect to president of the Senate, Rt. Hon. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Principal officers of the two chambers for their fatherly intervention and amiable leadership capacity display towards resulting the industrial relation between the Legislators, Management and staff Union.”
The PASAN chairman however stated emphatically: “We hereby reiterate that the proposed indefinite industrial action that will ground all legislative activities of National Assembly will commence as earlier scheduled if the demands are not met as promised.”
PASAN is demanding the following: improved conditions of service for the staff, resolution of promotion arrears, conversion and staff upgrade, and training.
Explaining further on the condition of service for the staff among other pressing demands, Bature said “the outgoing Board of the National Assembly Service Commission led by Dr. Adamu Fika OFR (Chairman) transmitted a reviewed condition of service to the National Assembly for their approval in line with provision of the National Assembly Service Act. 2014, but the National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) has delayed the consideration of the Condition of Service since July 2018.
“The staff of National Assembly overtime has never had any challenges with Promotion, conversion and upgrading in their progression until recently when career progression of the staff became tied to a ‘no vacancy’ syndrome excuse. Also, there has been delay in making appropriate appointments into offices such as the Deputy Clerk National Assembly (DCNA) Deputy Clerk House of Representation Legislative and Admin), Secretaries of Directorates and Directors of Departments etc.
“Unilaterally the management claims there are no vacancies for staff on Grade Level 7 and above in gross violation of the service rules as they arrogated to itself the power of the National Assembly Service Commission whose duty it is in line with the provision of National Assembly Service Act to Appoint, Promote and Discipline Staff of National Assembly”.
He said: “Staff training for legislative staff is pivotal and germane if our democracy must advance. The service rules for effective and efficient services leading to high productivity is also a point to note. However it is highly regrettable to note that only in National Assembly that staff are deprive and denied of training. Some of our members have not attended any training for over 10 years.
“Its disappointing to inform you that in recent times, the top management who has retired from service whereas not allow to proceed on retirement leave and upon their retirement, they retained the same office and handle the schedule that should have been taken over by the next ranking officer”.
Reacting to comment by the House spokesman, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas describing the PASAN picketing as illegal, the PASAN chairman said the House spokesman is not in tune with labour laws.