Topic: strike the best option?

Moderator: madueke marycynthia

Collator: onuh ifebuche

Date: 9th September 2021

Venue:Telegram bedbriefing house

Time: 7:30pm

 

Introduction

 

Moderator: can someone help us with the definition of strike

Or a basic understanding of what strike is all about

 

Audience: A disaster, disease, or other unwelcome phenomenon) occur suddenly and have harmful or damaging effects on.

 

Moderator: we are focusing on strike as an industrial action just like I said above

 

Audience:Strike is a cessation of work by a body of persons employed in any industry acting in combination, or a concerted refusal, or a refusal under common understanding of any number of persons who are or have been so employed to continue to work or to accept employment.

 

Moderator: strike simply means a refusal to work organized by a body of employees as a form of protest, typically in an attempt to gain a concession or concessions from their employer.

Most atimes when we hear strike our mind goes to ASUU strike

 

Probably because that is the most pronounced strike

But there are so many other strike actions experienced in this country other than that of ASUU which does more harm

 

 

Audience: Yes those people and Government can lengthen people’s years in public schools annoyingly.

 

Moderator: what are the examples of strike actions experienced in Nigeria?

 

Audience: labour strike and academic strike

 

Moderator: we have the following:

1)Nigeria’s Teacher’s Strike

2)NIMC strike

3) Labor Congress strike

4) Resident Doctors strike

5)ASSU strike

6) SANUU strike

And many more others

 

Audience: lack or low pay of salary

 

Moderator: Causes of Strikes include:

1) Poor and inconsistent payment of salaries.

2) Poor conditions of services

3) Political interference in independent parastatals.

4) Poor funding

5) Non compliance to agreement

6) Unnecessary delay in payments of salaries and other emolments etc

 

From the causes listed above, can we say that the government is the major stimulator of strike actions?

 

A lady who had severe hyperglycemic coma was rushed to the hospital and needed immediate resucitation, on arrival found out that the doctors were on strike and wasn’t able to receive attention immediately. On the course of waiting , she gave up the ghost

 

Who is to be blamed, the government who refused to pay or the doctor who refused save life because of money?

 

What are the benefits of strike actions?

 

What are the consequences of strike actions both to the employee and employer .

 

Who feels the impacts of strike the more, the citizens, the government, the economy?

 

Audience: 1. Poor health insurance policy

2. Changes in working conditions

 

Audience: I blame the doctor for not helping because everything don’t depend on money especially in when human life is involve

 

Then the government for not compiling to pay salary as at when due

 

How do you expect the doctor to work when he is not paid for his service?.

Do you think he will do the work deligently

 

Moderator: Is there any alternative to this strike actions?

 

Audience:Dialogue

 

moderator: Really?

Do you think these parties don’t embark on dialogue before embarking on strike

 

Audience: If dialogue doesn’t work then they should fight right inside there

 

Moderator:😂 indirectly you are saying violence is the best option

 

What do you say to someone who is an atheist?

 

Come to think of it, why have we never heard of any strike action in any of these legislative arms?

 

And why is there always strike issues in other parastatals even after appropriation of funds? Don’t you think there is more to this?

 

Currently resident doctors have been on strike for the past two months and nothing has been done about it

 

ASUU is still planning theirs

Labor Congress almost embarked on one

 

Audience: No!!! I am not speaking indirectly; what I am saying is if for example the government was supposed to pay Asuu Nasu or whatever certain incentives and they failed to do so, they should have a venue to deliberate on it and if they can’t come to a consensus they should beat themselves up there instead of transfering the aggregation on the innocent students who shouldn’t stay longer than 4, 5 and 6years for their respective courses of study.

You get my point?

 

Yes… Those funds never reach the people. It’s more or less just written on papers

 

Moderator: Will beating themselves bring out the deserved incentives?

 

Audience: Because they indirectly control every other arm of government constitutionally

 

Lolz 🤣😅🤣🤣😅🤣 nobody goes on common leave if money is not involved how much more going on strike.

 

Moderator: That means their representatives at the national level should be held responsible?

 

 

Audience:The truth of the matter is that a lot is going on, newspapers carry wrong information and all that… Things are being hidden… Basically the executive arm should be held liable for all that because its their constitutional duty to carry out the wills of the government and people. They keep failing in this duty and that’s why people who ordinarily should not loot funds find it very easy to do that

 

Does it mean the team members sabbotage themselves?

 

What do you mean by team members in this context? Be specific please

 

Moderator:How can we reach a consensus between the government and these parastatals?

 

Audience: for instance, in the labor Congress , their chairman might be called up for an interview and possibly paid prior to the interview to lie about the matter at hand in order to favor the government or his Congress?

 

There are so many questions I asked above that we have not answered. Our discussions would have based on them but it seems we are not disposed for today’s session.

So I will have to conclude.

 

Ohhh… Funny enough sometimes the people are being threatened by the Government who suppose to protect them. And you know when someone’s life is a stake he or she tend to preserve and protect it and by so doing remain dumb when he/ she is meant to be proactive. Sometimes too they get bribe

 

Because it is their constitutional right to fight for what they deserve… It’s not easy to work tireless without pay

 

Audience:so strike is the way to fight?

 

Moderator: summary

Strike action has been existence in Nigeria since 1847. It is a peaceful of resolving most issues encountered between employers and employee, which includes but not limited to:

Causes of Strikes include:

1) Poor and inconsistent payment of salaries.

2) Poor conditions of services

3) Political interference in independent parastatals.

4) Poor funding

5) Non compliance to agreement

6) Unnecessary delay in payments of salaries and other emolments etc

 

This strike action does more harm to it’s citizens, to the economy of the country than it does to the government.

 

Audience: Its a way to remind the government of their duties… Those guys are human and they deserve their wages

 

Moderator: yes… You can boldly say this in a civilized society not Nigeria. Shying away from pronouncing your right will make you a slave

 

Audience: So at the end of the day it boils down to bad political leadership… “Remain silent now and be suppressed forever ”

 

Moderator: The following ways are better ways of preventing these strike actions:

Resolve a Strike

1. Bridge the worker-management gap.

 

2. Practice empathy.

Some people make great executives but are unlikely to create effective resolutions in labor disputes. If labor unions sense that management simply doesn’t care, they may take a similar stance, leading to time- and money-wasting stalemates.

 

Organizations that practice empathy and keep their finger on the pulse of their workers are much more likely to be successful in bringing divides and creating solutions that work for everyone involved. Trained mediators can also play an integral role in helping to solve complex or heated disputes.

 

3. Maintain a positive attitude.

Approaching a potential strike as a problem to be solved, rather than a battle to be won, will help companies begin negotiations effectively.

 

4. Allow for worker autonomy.

Advanced technologies can be extremely helpful in ensuring work continues at the expected quality and quantity levels without relying on micromanagement. As King noted, workers prefer to feel that they are in control of their day-to-day jobs.

 

In a healthy working environment, employees take initiative to excel in order to bring about a sense of personal accomplishment; if they simply fear punishment or expect disrespectful behavior, they aren’t likely to push past the bare minimum required.

 

It’s also important to keep in mind that employees don’t work for money only. They also work for what the iconic psychologist Abraham Maslow called “self-actualization” — the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and skills.

 

5. Provide employees with the information they need.

Avoid being defensive, though, and approach this in a clear, professional manner. One of the best ways to end a strike is to listen first, gather the information you need, and then come back with potential solutions.

 

6. Consider appearances.

Perks like executive dining rooms, giant offices, and luxurious company cars are now considered old-fashioned excesses — and are often a source of worker resentment. In fact, one of the best strategies that businesses can adopt to avoid industrial action is often the easiest: engaging with workers.

 

7. Consider employee safety.

Workers who see their employers are doing everything possible to keep the staff safe and healthy feel more valued than workers who see evidence that they are on the losing side of a cost-benefit analysis. The prevention of strike and lockout sometimes comes down to the basics — instilling workers with the feeling that they are respected.

 

The employer used here, is the government.

 

In Conclusion.

Strike, the most overt expression of industrial conflict is a common phenomenon in Nigeria. No doubt, in the economic sector: this action affects the cost of production and of course productivity as in most cases strike cost (wages and salaries as well as other unavoidable payments) are paid during the strike period.

In the academic section:  strike actions affects students performance is examination and make them engage in examination malpractice, strike action destabilize the school programme and its operations which lead to production of half baked university graduates, strike actions decrease research and innovation in tertiary institutions and lots more

 

In the medical sector: strike actions causes  increased morbidity and mortality of sick persons, reduced revenue generation in the health sector, poor health indices for the country and hence reduced gains from medical tourists etc

 

Therefore, strike is never the best option but is quite inevitable in a country like ours where we have a myopic system of government.

 

Thank you all

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