The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Kaduna State Government to reverse the mass sack of workers in the state, describing it as an “arbitrary and cruel” decision.
NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, made the call in a letter addressed to the State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, a copy of which was made available to the Dandal Kura Radio International on Friday, in Abuja.
The letter under reference conveyed the decisions of the Kaduna State Government to give effect to compulsory retirement of officers that are 50 years old and above, compulsory retirement of officers on Grade Level 14 and above, even if they are less than fifty years.
Others are conversion to casual workers for officers on Grade Level 01 – 06 and the directive that no Local Government in Kaduna State shall have more than 50 staff strength.
They also wished to remind the Governor of Kaduna Mal Nasiru El-Rufai that this move by his government will have a humungous impact on the livelihood and survival of thousands of Kaduna State workers and their families, Wabba said.
The labour leader noted that the action by the Kaduna State Government violated the fundamental human and trade union rights of Kaduna State workers.
According to him, the actions of the Kaduna State Government to retire workers, who were yet to attain the statutory retirement age of 60 years or 35 years of service, amounted to a contemptuous disdain of the workforce.
Wabba, furthermore, called the attention of the Kaduna State Government to the clause in the redundancy letter issued to workers, affected by the mass sack, that all the entitlements of the affected workers would be paid in due course, describing this as being in conflict with the provisions of the Labour Act on redundancy.
Lastly, he said If this unsavoury situation persists, the Organised Labour will not hesitate to fall back on the lawful options available to workers to pursue justice in this matter.