NLC says Labour can Lock-out Any Govt Official

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has stated that the labour law recognised lock-out and picketing as a tool that workers can use to advance their issues in the country. 
It was reacting to the Federal Government’s warning to workers that lock-out of duly appointed officers and picketing as a response to industrial disputes in the country was illegal.
Speaking in Abuja, the National President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, said: “I think what the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, needs to say is that workers and trade unions must follow lay down procedures, but not to say it cannot happen.
“It is a legal issue; issues of picketing, lock-out are already accommodated in our legal book of the Trade Union Act. A worker or an employee is not a slave.
“The difference between a worker and employer is that he can exercise some rights and those rights are in our law.
“So, they are there in the law, but you must follow some procedures before embarking on such action, because it is there for a purpose.”
Wabba also called on the Federal Government to address the issue of social justice and inequality in the system.

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