The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, on Monday, said the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), as well as their affiliates, were not recognized labour unions in the public service.
She also stated that the Federal Government was considering creating two additional councils in the education and health sectors.
Yemi-Esan stated this during the opening of the separate and joint meetings of the national public service negotiating councils, which was attended by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, and the National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba.
The HoS said, “Sustaining industrial harmony in any sector of a country’s economy, including the public sector, is strategic and cardinal to national development. This is because there cannot be meaningful development in any country where the grievances of workers, who are the drivers of development, are ignored.
“In line with the principle and practice of collective bargaining, the government, particularly in recent times, has had to engage organized labour unions in constant dialogue. Thus, it is pleasing to note that such effort has not been in vain, as we can appreciate the evident harmonious industrial atmosphere in the country.
“Of course, this would not have been possible without the understanding and support of the organized labour unions for the policies and programmes of the government. Hence, our gathering here today is one of our relentless efforts towards ensuring the sustenance of this cordial relationship.
“As you know, the public service is the instrument of government for the formulation and implementation of policies, programmes, and projects, leveraging on efficient aggregation and deployment of human and material resources.
“This role, over the years, necessitated reforms that redefined, restructured and repositioned the public service to enable it respond to the socio-economic and political dynamics of public administration.”