Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has appealed to the Nigerian workers to ignore calls made by the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba for a one- day national protest on Monday.
In a statement issued on Friday by his Special Assistant on Media, Nwachukwu Obidewe in Abuja, the former Anambra State governor, urged workers to go about with their normal businesses and not be cajoled by the comments of the NLC Chairman.
He also revealed that such protest would be considered unlawful and disrespect to the purview of the Trade Union and Trade Disputes Act.
“The calling out of workers on a flimsy and selfish excuse of non-inauguration of the board of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) with Comrade Frank Kokori as the Chairman did not constitute a trade dispute as contained in the Labour Act.
“The issue in question is political. It is about the exclusive right of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to make an appointment.
“This is clearly outside the purview of the Trade Union and Trade Disputes Act, hence imperative for workers to go about their normal businesses.
“ It is important to state here that every worker is supposed to put in eight hours of work per day for five days in a week in line with the ILO Convention.
“Therefore, using the office hours for such protest without the approval of the employers is unlawful, ‘’the minister said.