THE PRESIDENCY
OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF THE CIVIL SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION

THE PRESIDENCY

OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF CIVIL SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION

PRESS RELEASE

FG ASSURES LABOUR UNIONS OF MUTUAL RELATIONS AND BETTER WELFARE PACKAGES

The Federal Government has assured the organized labour unions in the country of mutual industrial relations towards the resolutions of all causes of conflicts with the workers and better welfare packages for its members.

The Chairman of Council of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council and Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office (SWO), Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack stated this in Yenegoa, the Bayelsa State capital during the 2017 annual meeting of the council.

She said that this years’ meeting with the theme, “Emerging Employer-Employee Relations Management Strategies for Addressing Potential Conflicts in the Public Sector”, is indeed timely and appropriate as President Muhammadu Buhari’s Government is very concerned about most of the issues that cause conflict with the workers, which is why she said that the new Service Welfare Office with a Permanent Secretary as the head was created in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to attend to all these matters.

Henceforth, Mrs. Walson-Jack said, “better attention would be given to all these issues and bones of contention would be nipped in the bud before they escalate into conflicts”.

According to her, some of the strategies adopted to improve the relationship between government and labour include regular interaction with the union leaders representing the different group of workers and improved lines of communication between labour and government generally.

Over the years she said, the welfare of civil servants have been fairly uncoordinated and little attention has been paid to occupational health and safe work environment issues, which she largely attributed to the lack of an institutional mechanism for the management of the welfare of workers across the service. Adding that the prevailing economic situation, presented a critical need to improve the benefits and welfare packages of the civil servants in order to boost their morale, cushion the effect of the economic recession and improve productivity.

Earlier, the President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Ayuba Wabba and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama reiterated their stance on minimum wage renewal for workers across the country.

SIGNED

 Mohammed Manga

Assistant Director (Media Relations)

29th November, 2017

Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation