Members of the National Labour Congress in Kaduna State led by the National President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba have begun a five-day statewide strike to protest the sack of over 7,000 Local Government workers by Governor El Rufai.
According to Comrade Ayuba, the NLC is well-informed on the recent ill treatment of workers in the state. In his words,
“We are also aware that in the Primary Health Care Development Agency, 1,700 workers were sacked. All these are happening in the face of exorbitant increment in tuition fees, high cost of living and other uncalled for actions in ministries and agencies in the state’’.
He further stated that the leadership of labour were not consulted before the state government made that decision.
“We cannot accept the bitter pills; we are here in Kaduna today because the labour law in Nigeria says before you can declare redundancy, labour shall be consulted and we were never consulted”, he commented.
In a response to the planned protest, the state government in a tweet stated that,
“KDSG affirms that the conditions that compel it to right-size are not altered by the NLC’s campaign of economic and social sabotage. The NLC showed in 2017 that it has no interest in public welfare, going violent over 21, 780 failed teachers who KDSG replaced with 25,000”.
The governor has also declared the NLC National President wanted over the strike action that has affected economic activities in the state.