The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has rejected the bill seeking to outlaw strike action in the health sector.
A bill seeking to amend the Trade Disputes Act that has been sponsored by a member of the House of Representatives, Simon Chukwuemeka Atigwe (PDP, Enugu), has scaled first reading.
According to the NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, the bill negates both international and national laws. He said in an ideal situation, strikes can be avoided if industrial relations are working well.
“It is laughable, where industrial relations are working optimally, strikes can be avoided and therefore, this is the provision of the law and I am sure that those proposing the bill are not aware of those laws, and those laws are very explicit.”
The NLC also stated that strike constitutes a fundamental right of workers and their organization, especially unions.
“In compilation 751 of the document, it states clearly that the right of workers to strike constitute a fundamental right of workers and their organisation especially unions and it is used as means of defending the economic and social rights and interests of those workers.”