Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN)has successfully negotiated with the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Conference of Speakers (CoS), leading to the suspension of an ongoing strike action.
Following a series of discussions and negotiations, the NGF conveyed its decisions to the Conference of Speakers regarding the union’s demands and the existing strike action. Subsequently, the Conference of Speakers responded with a letter addressing all the concerns raised by the union, outlining a comprehensive plan to address their demands.
The letter, signed by the Director-General of the Conference of Speakers, not only addressed the concerns but also provided clear timelines for the implementation of crucial reforms. Notably, the commitment from both the NGF and CoS aims to ensure that all state legislatures have a functional Assembly Service Commission and a working Assembly Fund Management Law by December 22, 2023.
One of the key achievements outlined in the commitments is the commencement of the Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS) from January 2024. This signifies a positive step toward improving the working conditions and compensation for union members. States are urged to incorporate CONLESS into their 2024 Appropriation Laws, with necessary amendments for those who have already presented their budgets.
The commitments also grant the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) the right to resume its strike action if the agreed-upon reforms are not fully implemented by February 28, 2024.
In response to these positive developments, the union’s leadership has promptly called for the suspension of the ongoing strike action, effective November 20, 2023. The union’s Central Working Committee (CWC) and National Executive Council (NEC) are set to convene meetings to assess the progress made and discuss the future course of action.