The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) on Thursday 20 December 2018 temporarily retracted from its position of strike action following assurances from National Assembly’s management to meet demands from a Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS) agreement that was approved in 2010.
It will be recalled that legislative activities at the National Assembly were initially grounded in early and mid-December of 2018 as staff halted activities in protest over their salaries and allowances.
Although both chambers of the National Assembly have gone ahead to adopt a report that seeks to improve the Conditions of Service for its bureaucratic staff, its leadership has since distanced itself from the protests; claiming that the payment of allowances issue is a managerial one. The Clerk to the National Assembly has also faulted the Executive for failing to release the appropriated sum despite its inclusion in the 2018 budget.
Section 6(9) of the National Assembly Service Commission Act empowers the National Assembly to approve remuneration for its bureaucracy.