The Management of the National Assembly has call on the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN, to shelve the proposed picketing/strike action and explore other means of conflict resolution, as there is no basis for that now.
This message is contained in a response to PASAN’s threat to picket the National Assembly on Tuesday and Wednesday, 4 and 5, December, 2018 respectively.
In a letter titled “Re: Notice of picketing/strike rising from the resolutions of Congress meetings of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN National Assembly Service Commission and National Assembly chapters”, signed by the Clerk to National Assembly, CNA, Mohammed Sani-Omolori Monday, he said the National Assembly management is already addressing some of the grievances raised by PASAN.
On payment of 28% increase in CONLESS, Sani-Omolori said he em-paneled a committee made up of the management team and PASAN to study, review and advise on the way forward. The payment was captured in 2018 budget, but the level of implementation in terms of release of of funds has made it impossible to pay this additional 28%.
“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 sent by NASC 562 have 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 NASC, wrong effective dates of promotion and/or conversion, suspicious career progression records and questions concerning consultancy cadre.
The CNA raised concern that some actions and write-ups by PASAN as a body as well as a few staff acting under PASAN or acting alone should not send impression.
“Your determination to embark on industrial action by all means without exhausting the options available to you is uncalled for, as picketing and strike actions should be the last resort instead of the first in industrial relations”.
The CNA therefore requested PASAN EXCO to immediately call off the proposed picketing and strike action and continue to engage the management of National Assembly on all issues raised in their letter of November 29, 2018.
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