The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has described Kaduna State authorities below Governor Nasir El-Rufai as lawless.
The Govt Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai in a broadcast not too long ago accused NLC of assault on the rights, freedoms, and livelihoods of the residents of Kaduna State.
However the NLC, in its response, mentioned the state authorities mobilised and deployed thugs, who assaulted and violated their members.
In keeping with the NLC, a few of the victims of the assault are nonetheless in hospital receiving therapy.
That is regardless of the intervention of the Federal Authorities by means of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, within the industrial dispute between Kaduna State Authorities and Organised Labour over the mass sacking of staff by the El-Rufai-led authorities.
El-Rufai, whereas addressing the individuals of the state on Might 21, 2021, accused the NLC of assaulting the rights, freedoms, and livelihoods of the residents of Kaduna State.
However the NLC’s Head of Data and Public Affairs, Benson Upah, denied the allegations.
He mentioned, “We didn’t assault the rights, freedoms, and livelihoods of the residents of Kaduna State although we have been in Kaduna State for 4 days within the train of the rights conferred on us by the 1999 Structure (as amended) and ILO Conventions 87 and 98 (freedom of affiliation/expression/proper to unionisation), and the corpus of our Labour Legislation (proper to protest and strike).
“Certainly, our presence in Kaduna was made inevitable by the refusal of Kaduna State Authorities to dialogue after our letter of April 9, 2021. Our letter was a response to the letters of sack issued to staff from March 31 to April 1 in utter violation and contempt of their basic phrases of a contract of employment and redundancy regulation as per Labour Act S. 20.
“Additional to this, we met on the degree of NEC the place the choice was taken to embark on a five-day warning strike/protest as a final resort if the Kaduna State Authorities was nonetheless not inclined to dialogue by a sure date. The NEC additional resolved to escalate the motion to a nationwide motion if the five-day protest/strike did not yield the specified consequence. Thus, our coming to Kaduna adopted all due course of permitted by the physique of our Labour Legislation.
“Once we did come into Kaduna State on the appointed date, we got here publicly and never stealthily. We withdrew our companies and marched peacefully alongside Independence Approach/Muhammadu Buhari Option to NEPA Roundabout according to the provisions of the regulation however we have been assaulted and violated by a mob recruited, mobilised, and deployed by the State Authorities.
“Among the victims of the assault are nonetheless in hospital receiving therapy. It’s equally vital to level out that in the midst of our protest march, we neither visited any workplace not to mention harass anybody out of any. We strictly saved to those two streets with out breaking a twig or plucking a flower.
“We have been orderly and peaceable and never lawless as alluded to by Mr Governor. Certainly, if anybody was lawless, it was the State Authorities that took delight in partaking thugs and vitriol to the purpose of boasting that by the point they have been finished with us, we’d by no means once more come to Kaduna.
“The risk would have been carried out however for the considerate presence of our safety companies. Not glad, even after we had suspended the motion on Wednesday following the intervention of the Federal Authorities, the State Authorities deployed an amarda of thugs to our state secretariat on Thursday morning to grab the place.”
Labour had final week launched into a five-day warning strike in Kaduna however it was minimize quick after the intervention of the Federal authorities.
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