- NLC Faults Sack of 30,000 Kaduna Workers by El-Rufai
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has accused the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai of non-compliance with relevant labour laws in sacking 30,000 workers in the state.
Speaking on the mass sack in Kaduna state yesterday in Abuja, President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, also alleged that the governor was peddling untruths to justify the mass purge of the public service.
Wabba added that the competency test for teachers was a pre-meditated action aimed at reducing the civil service targeting local government, ministries, departments and agencies.
He submitted that the competency test was conducted without the relevant professional bodies regulating the teaching professions such as the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria and the National Teachers Institute.
Wabba also highlighted that the unions particularly the Nigeria Union of Teachers and the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees were not involved in the process.
His words: “The principles of collective bargaining in labour relations as enshrined in our national labour laws and conventions of the International Labour Organisation were not followed. The truth is that the State government is planning to sack about 5, 000 local government workers and 8, 000 others from the ministries, departments and agencies.”
The competency test on teachers was simply a smokescreen to cover up the ultimate intentions of the state government who as we have been credibly informed, already planned to sack about 30, 000 workers under different guises.”
The NLC Chief observed that the social consequences of adding 30,000 workers and their families to the number of unemployed people in Kaduna State alone can better be imagined, at a period crime rate is growing at a frightening speed.
He also denied allegation that the protesting workers caused damage to the property of the State House of Assembly.
Wabba added: “We want to state categorically that workers are decent and law-abiding citizens fully guided by principles of peaceful protest. Our record of peaceful protests is unimpeachable and could be attested to by organisations that monitor our protests. Workers stand to gain nothing by destroying public property. And we did not destroy any in Kaduna.”
He said the allegation by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Adamu Mansur, that labour damaged properties was false.
“His claims of violence and vandalization by us are clearly staged and managed by the government. Our protest was peaceful, as can be attested to by both the print and electronic media, as well as security operatives who monitored the protest,” Wabba said.
The NLC helmsman assured workers in the employment of the Kaduna State Government of its full resolve and commitment to continue to support them against any infringement on their rights saying it will mobilise fully against any attempt to implement the intention to sack any worker without following due process.