Sunday, May 16, 2021

El-Rufia in trouble: NLC embarks on 5-day warning strike - ITREALMS


The Kaduna State branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has edged the state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai as they embark on a five-day warning strike over inconsistency in implementing labour related welfare in the state on Monday, May 17, 2021, reports ITREALMS.
A press statement available to ITREALMS and endorsed by the Kaduna State Council chairperson, Comrade Ayuba Magaji Suleiman, alleged the state government plans to mobilise thugs to descredit their planned peaceful protest on Monday, asking people to be vigilant and stand against this plan.

"We implore the general public to remain calm and peaceful throughout the 5 days warning strike period which we are assuring the Kaduna State workers and the general public of our commitment to maintain peaceful strike action for the interest of workers in the State and the general public," Suleiman said.

Also, NLC in a 12-point communique available to ITREALMS, read in part that: 

"1 Earlier, we were misled to the commended Kaduna State Government for being the first State to implement thirty thousand Naira (N30, 000) minimum wage to both Civil Servants and the retirees. But however, we noted with dismay that the government reverted to old minimum wage of Eighteen thousand Naira (N18, 000) in the month of April, 2021 salary in the Local government council, about twenty thousand (20, 000) State civil servants received half Salary which is even less than the former Eighteen Thousand Naira (N18, 000) minimum wage.   

2. Health workers were denied almost all their allowances such as hazard, call duty, shifting, rural posting etc. 

3. It’s disheartening to say that Kaduna State Government on the bases of their claim that it had paid up to 14 Billion Naira as arrears of death benefit and gratuity from 2017 but the fact is that the same government disengaged over thirty five thousand (35,000) civil servants in 2017 and up to date over 80 per cent have not received their retirement benefits.

4. It’s sad for Kaduna State Government to claim its commitment to training of workers while those that are qualified for promotion remain stagnate for years.

5. On claims by the government supporting civil servants to pay for houses through mortgages on a single digits interest, this claim is false. The reality of this, was that this mortgages was gotten by the joint effort of NLC and TUC.

6. The State Government in its Ignorance failed to realize the obvious fact that payments of salaries have multiplying effects on the social- welfare and economy. In other words, when salaries are paid it reflect down the line.

7. The unfortunate downsizing of work force in Kaduna State was not done in accordance with the statutory Labour law, with keen examination of it’s activities from 2017 till date, over fifty thousand workers were affected.

8. It’s in the public domain that over Twenty One thousand Teachers were sacked, five (5) thousand Local Government workers were equally disengaged in 2017, while another Twelve (12) thousand State civil servants were also unfairly disengaged and the recent sacking of over seven thousand workers of local government in the month of April, 2021 these lay credence to the figure given by the NLC.

9. The claim by the State Government to promote the right of the Children of the poor to decent education,  is contradictory to the recent increase in tuition fees in the State owned institutions to the tune of more than Three Hundred percent (300%) increase.

10. The warrant of arrest on the National President of NLC Comrade Ayuba Waba as claimed by  Kaduna State Government is an unwarranted intimidation on Labour movement. This is considered as a violation of human right act. The National President’s involvement in this action is intended to protect the interest of Kaduna State workers.

11. The claim by Kaduna State Government that NLC recruited hoodlums to cause mayhem during the strike is untrue because it is not in the character of Labour to indulge in such uncivilized manner as against the nature of politicians.

12. All the affiliates of the Nigeria Labour Congress are fully committed to participate in the strike action without compulsion."

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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