The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said it will shutdown business and commercial activities in Kaduna on Thursday to protest the mass sack of teachers by the Kaduna state government.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja, President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba said the state Kaduna, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, on 3rd January, 2018, in obvious disregard and abuse of the existing court ruling and the legal process, issued letters of disengagement to thousands of teachers and back dated them to November 3rd, 2017.
Wabba said since the governor commenced the sack of workers in the state, no fewer than 36,000 workers have been sacked. He said the sacked workers comprised 4000 local government workers and another 8000 workers from various MDAs
He said the actions of El-Rufai was a clear violation and abuse of the tenets and provisions of Nigeria labour laws, and other well known international best practices which were capable of exacerbating social tensions and societal ills in the state.
Condemning the abuse of the reconciliation process at the National Industrial Court on December 4, 2017, which had ordered that all process of sack be put on hold till the case was decided, the NLC pledged it’s commitment within the provision of the law to defend the interest of workers in Kaduna state.
He said, “Immediately after the New Year on 3rd January, 2018, the elected Governor of Kaduna State, in obvious disregard and fragment abuse of the existing court ruling and the legal process, issued letters of disengagement to thousands of teachers and back dated them to November 3rd, 2017 ostensibly to circumvent the court order.
“This perfidy is not only irresponsible and unbecoming of a governor elected under the revered Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but a criminal act and an affront to the well cherished principles of law and natural justice.
“Our concerns, and indeed those of well-meaning Nigerians include the illegal and unacceptable processes employed by the Governor and their direct impact on thousands of dependants of 36,000 workers and their families thrown in one fell swoop into the unemployment market. More worrisome are the grievous and negative implications of this in a state grappling with social tensions and societal ills such as kidnappings, armed robberies, killings among others.
“The actions of Governor El-Rufai are largely propelled by his rabid obsession to access a loan and mortgage the lives and livelihood of thousands of workers, and indeed the people of Kaduna state to the IMF and World Bank.
“We make bold to say that no sane and humane society will contemplate such inconsiderate policy as a mass sack, talk less of implementing it at a time everyone, particularly policy makers have made us believe that the country is barely out of recession. Seriously minds in both the public and private sectors are focused on reflating the economy, creating jobs and curbing all forms of social insecurity. Thus, we find the actions of El-Rufai totally inhuman and economically illogical, and not worth venturing into.
“Having exhausted all processes aimed at constructive engagement with the state government, it is clear that El-Rufai has to be stopped by all means with all means lawful for the sake of Kaduna State and Nigerian people.
“Consequently, we shall commence a series of actions with the first phase of protests in Kaduna on 11th January, 2018 to constitutionally defend the rights of the affected workers in the state. We once again call on Mr. President and all well-meaning Nigerians to please intervene,” he said.
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