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NEMA, workers end rift, agree to pay outstanding claims

Protesting workers of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have called off its industrial action, following the management readiness to settle their legitimate outstanding claims and allowances.

The two parties also agreed that, apart from putting in place a life assurance policy for the workers, the agency is also expected to seek federal government’s approval for payment of hazard allowances to the workers.

Also, they agreed no worker would be sanctioned for his or her role while the industrial action lasted. The above formed some of the major positions agreed on at a peace parley facilitated by the Federal Ministry of Labour between the agency’s management, led by its Director-General, Engr. Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja and Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCN).

In a communiqué issued at the end of the parley, they agreed to “an implementation committee comprising the ASCN, NEMA management to be chaired by the Director, Finance and Account (DFA), Federal Ministry of Labour to facilitate the verification and commence payment of staff claims by October 24, 2017. “It was agreed that the management should work with the ASCN to conclude the process of acquiring life assurance policy for the staff within one week.

“It was also agreed that the management should come up with a compensation package for the families of the deceased staff in line with the provisions of the Public Service Rules (PSR).

“That a training schedule using existing template should be drawn to accommodate all the staff and the training needs of all the departments within two weeks. An implementation committee comprising Director, Human Resources, Director, Special Duties and a representative of the union is to be constituted to monitor and report the level of compliance.

“Regarding workers redeployed outside Abuja by NEMA, a clause for the suspension of the strike action was for “the management to issue the letters recalling the two unit executives by 20th October, 2017,” it said.

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