The Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC) has moved to embark on a five-day warning strike in Kaduna on Monday.
The strike will include its affiliate unions.
This was as a result of Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s announcement in April to sack civil servants in the state, giving fiscal reasons and recent disengagement of local government workers.
The governor said a significant amount of the statutory federal allocations to the state is being spent on the wages of public servants.
But the NLC has vowed to resist the action of the state government, accusing the governor of not being sensitive to the plight of the workers.
While speaking in Kaduna on Sunday, Ayuba Suleiman who is the NLC Chairman in the state said that the industrial action will be accompanied by a peaceful protest which will be led by the President of the Union, Ayuba Wabba and other labour leaders across the country.
He explained that the strike which will involve grounding of all socio-economic activities in both public and private sectors in a bid to force the Kaduna State Government to reverse the sack of over 7,000 local government workers and teachers and also suspend its plan to sack another 11,000 civil servants any moment from now.
Reacting to the strike, the Kaduna State Government said the decision is in the interest of over 10 million citizens of the state.
The Commissioner for Local Government, Jafaru Sani, disclosed that not even the threat of industrial action or blackmail by the union will make the state government to reverse its decision.
He, however, debunked the claims of the labour union that the government has determine to sack another 11,000 workers, adding that there are plans to right-size its public service.
The Commissioner explained that the government’s decision to lay off some workers and political appointees is necessary to enable it cope with fiscal challenges and preserve its ability to use its resources for the entire state.