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NASS staff threaten to begin strike

NASS staff threaten to begin strike

- National Assembly staff have threatened to go on strike on Wednesday, January 31, if their grievances are not addressed

- The staff said that the planned strike was due to humiliating actions by the management and leadership of NASS against them

- The workers expressed displeasure over a number of issues, one of which is the indefinite postponement of the 2017 promotion exercise

The National Assembly staff on the platform of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, (PASAN) on Monday, January 29, threatened to picket the National Assembly and National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), over what they described as humiliating action by the management and leadership against them.

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In its communique, after a meeting, PASAN told NASC to invoke its powers as enshrined in the National Assembly Service Act, 2014 and compel the clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), to immediately release the letters of promotion, conversion, upgrade and proper placement to the beneficiaries, Vanguard reports. gathered that the staff pointed out that the action of CNA in returning Under Flying Seal (UFS) letters of promotion and upgrade among others, to the NASC is a gross violation of the 1999 Constitution.

The workers who expressed their displeasure over the indefinite postponement of the 2017 promotion exercise, said that the action was inimical to the progress and career development of its members.

Also demanded by the workers, was the immediate commencement of the promotion exercise, with a view to ensuring that the postponed examination was conducted within a month from Monday, January 29.

Other demand made was the immediate implementation of the consolidated legislative salary structure approved for staff of the National Assembly by the Senate and the House of Representatives in line with Section 6(9) and 19(1) of the National Assembly Service 2014.

The staff also urged the National Assembly to suspend action on the bill seeking to elongate the retirement age of officers of the National Assembly Service from 35 and 60 to 40 and 65.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that activities at the National Assembly were brought to a standstill as a result of a protest embarked upon by parliamentary workers.

The workers who besieged the lobby of the National Assembly in large numbers carried placards with different inscriptions expressing their grievances. They gave the management a 21 day ultimatum to address their demands or face a full blown strike.

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