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NLC decries mass sack of 5,000 workers in Kaduna

The Nigeria Labour Congress has condemned in a strong term mass sacking of about five thousand local government workers by the Kaduna State Government.

The Nigeria Labour Congress in a press statement Thursday, said the purported sack violates provisions of all known labour laws and industrial relations practice as well as processes.

The organized labour said also that reasons adduced by the government of Kaduna state, are flimsy, spurious and unfounded.
Aside from this it stressed the process is patently faulty and unlawful.

“For instance, redundancy cannot be carried out without following the provisions of the Labour Act.

When the Government of Kaduna State announced to the whole world its plan to lay off about 25,000 teachers for failing a competency test for Primary Four Class,

we not only expressed our misgivings, we said the so-called competency test was a subterfuge and part of a premeditated plan to drastically cut down the workforce in furtherance of dangerous neoliberal policies.

The latest illegal mass sack of workers lends credence to our assertions or fears”.

Meanwhile, leadership of the NLC, says its body would want to warn of the consequences of the reckless actions of the government of Kaduna State and will call for caution and restraint on the part of the government.

It states that the move is evident that the government has not given sufficient consideration to the social consequences of laying off en masse 5,000 workers.

“The Governor boasts that no one, absolutely nothing could stop him from carrying out his agenda of mass retrenchment of workers.

This is most unfortunate and a direct fulfillment of the exact opposite of his campaign promise and APC’s manifesto to create jobs.

He often says as Governor, he has the right, power, means and will to do as he likes, but this is undemocratic and anti-workers.

We are worried by these emotional outbursts, and their infectious effects on his peers and the polity as a whole.

We at the Nigeria Labour Congress expected more maturity and flexibility.

We accordingly advise the government to rescind its decision on the mass sack. We call on the President and his party, the APC to
call him to order.

We also find it necessary to remind the Governor here that Mr President’s support for a reform in the education sector is not synonymous with mindless and conscienceless retrenchment.

Some states in the federation have carried out far-reaching reforms in the education sector with impressive results without causing this level of social violence”.

In its submission, NLC said that the event the government of Kaduna State is obdurate enough not to heed this wise counsel given in good faith,

that it should also consider this statement as a notice that the NLC will use all the lawful means available to them to contest this wave of mass sack including mobilizing to Kaduna,

workers and pensioners from across the nation and civil society allies in solidarity with workers of Kaduna State,” it said.

Idu Jude, Abuja

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