The Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) has threatened to declare a nationwide strike if Kaduna State government goes ahead with its plan to sack civil servants.
This was disclosed by the NLC President ,Ayuba Wabba, on Monday.
According to Wabba, the Kaduna government “falls short of the legal process of redundancy in the Labour Act.”
“Section 20 of the Labour Act provided three very important points that must be addressed before you declare redundancy. Item 1 says the employer shall inform the trade union, or workers’ representatives in this case, about the extent of anticipated redundancy. So, before you even anticipate, you must first inform the union which is the workers’ representatives,” he said.
The NLC president said a meeting of its National Representatives Council decided that the workers in the state should down their tools, “after which a nationwide solidarity strike will follow if Mr El-Rufai insists on the planned retrenchment”.
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai had announced last week on the plan of government to dismiss civil servants in the state.
Governor El-Rufai said the decision to sack civil servants was one of the necessary moves to make in order to make financial stability as a substantial amount of the statutory federal allocations to the state is being spent on the salaries of civil servants.
The governor in a statement said: “Therefore, the state government has no choice but to shed some weight and reduce the size of the public service. It is a painful but necessary step to take, for the sake of the majority of the people of this state.
“The public service of the state with less than 100,000 employees and their families cannot be consuming more than 90% of government resources, with little left to positively impact the lives of the more than 9 million that are not political appointees or civil servants. It is gross injustice for such a micro minority to consume the majority of the resources of the State.”