FG Faults Plan To Reduce Work Hours

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The Federal Government has kicked against reducing the hours of work of workers by some state governments in the country.

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator  Chris Ngege who stated this in Abuja on Wednesday, said  that the action of the state governments of Benue and Imo States was illegal  and uncalled for.

Ngige directed the two state governors to reverse their decisions as the Federal Government is  never in support of such illegal  decisions.

The minister said that the directive  is in pursuant to the powers vested in him by Section 5 (1) and (2) of the Trade Dispute Act, Laws of the Federation 2004.

He said that the issue of arbitrary  reduction in the hours of work was against the ILO Convention I, which had been adopted and domesticated by Nigeria, adding that the law prescribed eight hours of work in a day and not more than 40 hours in a week.

He cautioned against such action to avoid unnecessary  industrial disputes in the two states.