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NASS Mgt Urges Staff Not To Begin Strike Today

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The Management of the National Assembly has urged the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) to set aside its plans to proceed on strike today on the grounds that the matter in contention is being addressed.

In a seven-page letter dated December 3, 2018 addressed to PASAN with reference number NASS/CNA/149/Vol.6/75 signed by the clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Ataba Sani-Omolori, asked the parliamentary staff to explore available amicable settlement rather than embarking on strike.

PASAN had over the weekend sounded a note of warning to picket the National Assembly with effect from today over non payment of outstanding of members’ salaries and allowances.

Omolori however, noted that that 28 per cent increase in CONLESS payment which is part of the request by the union is being addressed by the setting up of a committee made up of members of the management and PASAN to study, review and advice on the way forward.

He said although the payment was captured in 2018 budget, but the implementation was hampered by the poor release of funds by the federal government thereby making it difficult to pay the additional 28 per cent.

“This situation has been well discussed, and I am aware that PASAN officials have investigated and verified this fact from the Federal Ministry of Finance”, he said.

On non release of some promotion letters, upgrading, conversion and other establishment matters, he said of the 589 letters of promotion, conversion and upgrading 562 had been released to the respective beneficiaries.

“The 27 pending ones have issues of promotion into non existent vacancies, conversion of staff to other cadres in breach of extant guidelines approved by National Assembly Service Commission (NASC).

“Also, there are wrong effective dates of promotion and/or conversion, suspicious career progression records and questions concerning consultancy cadre,” he said.

He expressed concern that PASAN did not exhaust all options before threatening to embark on strike.

He said, “Your determination to embark on industrial action by all means without exhausting the options available to you is uncalled for.

“Picketing and strike should be the last resort instead of the first in industrial relations.”

The CNA therefore requested PASAN to immediately call off the proposed picketing and strike action and continue to engage  management of the

National Assembly on all issues raised in their letter of November 29 to the management.





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