The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has threatened the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) with a 7-day strike warning. ASCSN is demanding that NAICOM should immediately address all their grievances or face industrial action by the association.
In a letter to the management of NAICOM, the frontline affiliate member of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria also noted that the time for negotiations has been exhausted.
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Their Demand: The letter which was signed by the association’s Secretary General, Isaac Ojemhenke, alleged that NAICOM has yet to implement all the agreements it reached with the association in 2017.
“It is necessary to state that ASCSN wishes to be absolved of blames when the strike action commences as a result of the failure of the management to meet the union’s demands within the seven days window opened for it to do the needful.”
“It is also necessary to inform you that this letter has been endorsed to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, The Director General, Department of State Security, The Inspector General of Police, Nigeria Police Force and The Chairman Governing Board, National Insurance Commission for their information and necessary action.”
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Note that the warring parties earlier came to an agreement on the 28th of August, 2018, after the union called-off a three-day warning strike action. Part of the agreements reached then included the activation of the NAICOM portal, remedying the declining allowances for fuel and diesel, as well as the need to bridge the gap between senior managers and those below in relation to the directorate cadre.
Furthermore, the union stressed the agreed promotion exercise for 2018, in which those qualified for a promotion should be considered subject to vacancies and extant rules, among others.
However, the union lament the blatant refusal by the commission’s management to implement the terms of the agreement which was signed after 2 years (September, 2017), in spite of several appeals that has been made by the union and relevant stakeholders.
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