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Nigeria Labour Congress Will Declare Nationwide Strike Over El-Rufai’s Plan To Sack Workers —Union President

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is about to declare an industrial motion nationwide if the Kaduna State authorities proceeds with its plans to sack civil servants.

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This was made recognized of their letter to President Muhammadu Buhari tagged “Name Governor El-Rufai to order” as disclosed by NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, to Premium Occasions on Monday.



Governor Nasir El-Rufai not too long ago introduced the plan to disengage civil servants within the state, citing fiscal causes and likewise to salvage the state’s funds as a big quantity of the statutory federal allocations to the state is being spent on the wages of public servants.

“Due to this fact, the state authorities has no alternative however to shed some weight and scale back the dimensions of the general public service. It’s a painful however vital step to take, for the sake of the vast majority of the folks of this state,” the governor was quoted in a press release.

“The general public service of the state with lower than 100,000 workers and their households can’t be consuming greater than 90% of presidency sources, with little left to positively impression the lives of the greater than 9 million that aren’t political appointees or civil servants.

“It’s gross injustice for such a micro minority to devour the vast majority of the sources of the state.”

El-Rufai, nevertheless, promised to offer “preferential remedy to these disengaged which can be prepared to make the most of the state authorities’s varied agricultural and entrepreneurship improvement schemes”.

In the meantime, Wabba stated the governor’s resolution “falls wanting the authorized strategy of redundancy within the Labour Act”.

“He has violated the elemental legislation that guides redundancy. Part 20 of the Labour Act. It offered three essential factors that should be addressed earlier than you declare redundancy. Merchandise 1 says the employer shall inform the commerce union, or staff’ representatives on this case, in regards to the extent of anticipated redundancy. So, earlier than you even anticipate, it’s essential to first inform the union which is the employees’ representatives,” he stated.

He stated El-Rufai “didn’t seek the advice of with the commerce union or negotiate the funds to the employees to be disengaged”.

The NLC President additionally disputed El-Rufai’s claims and figures on the quantity expended on salaries of civil servants.

“What he (El-Rufai) quoted as what’s being paid to staff as wage will not be appropriate as a result of we’re conscious that he included the wage of political workplace holders.

“90 per cent of over 20,000 academics laid off by the El-Rufai-led administration in 2017 are but to be paid their terminal advantages,” he stated.

In keeping with Wabba, the NLC at a gathering of its Nationwide Representatives Council determined that the employees within the state ought to down their instruments, “after which a nationwide solidarity strike will comply with if Mr El-Rufai insists on the deliberate retrenchment”.

“In order I converse to you, that call has already been taken by the nationwide representatives council. The nationwide government council of the Commerce Union Congress and NLC will meet on Thursday to really undertake that call,” he stated. 

 

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