​The Federal Government on Tuesday in Abuja appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics to suspend its five -day warning strike.

The Minister of Labour and Employment , Sen. Chris Ngige , in a statement noted that it was imperative for the union to suspend the strike in the interest of the nation and the students .

According to him , the Federal Government is ready and willing to fully dialogue with the members of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics .

He said , “ The union had declared its intention to embark on a 5– day warning strike, effective from Jan. 31, 2017.

“ Government will open an unhindered channel of communication with all stakeholders and shall maintain this .

“ Moreover , the Federal Ministry of Education has been discussing issues with ASUP on the concerns raised .

“ Therefore , it is important for Trade Unions to embrace social dialogue in the pursuit and attainment of the economic and social interests of their members anchored on equity , natural justice and agreed procedures

“ I wish to remind the Trade Unions that there is nothing like a “ Warning Strike ” in our National Industrial Relations System . ”

Ngige added that a strike is a strike and is subject to all the rules governing strike in the world of work .

The minister , however , noted that Section 43 of the Trade Disputes Act , CAP. T8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria ( LFN ) , 2004, would be applied regarding the law of “ No Work No Pay ’’.

He said this includes workers and employees notwithstanding any other circumstances in any section of the Act .

The minister , therefore , appealed to the trade unions to embrace dialogue as the Federal Government is fully committed to peaceful resolution of all the issues at stake.

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