A human rights lawyer and activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN has said that strike is a legitimate tool in the hands of an employee to negotiate better deal and welfare for himself
He said this while speaking to journalists during the weekend. According to him, the effect of strike action can be colossal but all the same, it is better than self-help.
“For totalitarian regimes that are not run on pure democratic principles, strike is a veritable tool in the hands of the employee to negotiate better deals either in relation to their employment or general welfare issues. This particular government has witnessed strikes because of the general perception that it is the best option to secure any deal from the leadership.
“The effect of strike actions can be very colossal indeed, in losses in businesses, manpower and economic progress but that is still better than a society where everybody resorts to self help as in such a situation, life becomes brutish and short.” Adegboruwa
The Legal luminary explains that in strike situations round table discussions are held to agree on issues. Thus he advised that those in position of authority should create channel of communication between workers and government.
He said, “In most cases, parties still have to come to the roundtable to discuss and agree, which means that the strike action could have been avoided in the first place. This means then that the appeal should be to those in positions of authority to set up some mechanisms that will create effective channels of communication between the workers and government.
“From experience, the workers would give the government notice spanning over days and yet, nothing will be done until the actual strike has been declared or commenced.
“We will therefore have to deal with the situation as it is, given that it would seem that the strike option is the one that those who are in government prefer, which means they have to always contend with the consequences, since we cannot abrogate strike as it is allowed by law,” he said.”
Adegboruwa also said that the strike embarked upon by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, is for the benefit of lawyers, Judges, litigants and indeed the legal profession at large, as a way of addressing the real issues once and for all, adding that the general thinking of most state governors is to cage the courts and starve the judiciary of funds as a means of rendering it ineffective, so that lawlessness can thrive unchallenged or where challenged, unchecked.
He applauded the Governors across the country, the legislators and all lovers of democracy, for insisting on restructuring, devolution of powers, state police and true federalism. He said it is the only way to save the Nigerian federation, at this critical time.
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