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KADUNA : El-Rufai Blows Hot As Unions Issue Notice Of Strike, Protest, Massive Shutdown


Gov El-Rufai Responds To Threats Of Massive Shutdown By NLC, Says His Government Will Not Be Intimidated. 

..... National Union Of Banks, Insurance And Financial Institutions Employees To Withdraw Banking Insurance policy In Kaduna State.

All unions in the Kaduna state Chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) following the outcome of an emergency meeting held at the National headquarters of the NLC in Kaduna, have announced a 5 days warning strike to commence on Sunday May 16 2021.

A statement issued by the Kaduna state council of the NLC revealed that the government of Kaduna state failed to observe due process in its recent Sack of workers at the Local Government Service, State Universal Basic Board, SUBEB & Primary Health Care Agency

The Nigeria Labour Congress gave a directive for a 5day 'sit at home' for all civil servants in the state  as a warning strike after which it said further directive would be given

The governor of Kaduna State Nasir El-Rufai has been under intense criticism over the sack of  more than 30,000 workers in 2016 without paying them their entitlements.

El-Rufai in response to the position of the NLC has said 'his government will not succumb to blackmail' warning that  disruption of essential services in the state as a result of the strike will not be condoned 

The government recalling the issue of a warrant of arrest of the president of the NLC Ayuba Wabba which was issued in 2017, over alleged vandalism of government facilities stressed that the trade unions planned to use hoodlums during the strike to disrupt the peace of the state and also further said that it had notified the various  security agencies for appropriate action. 

“As is appropriate, the security agencies have been notified of the plans of some trade unionists to recruit hoodlums, including from other states, to create a destructive spectacle and further their self-serving narrative about public service jobs and insecurity.”

“Thus, it is not sustainable to persist in spending 84% to 96% of its FAAC receipts on salaries and personnel costs as has been the experience of the state since October 2020.

“This government was not elected to devote most public funds to paying government workers and treat that as its defining governance mission, to the detriment of developing the state and its people.

“The necessary verification of credentials for full implementation of this painful but necessary decision is still being done.

“It has not determined the total number of officers that might be affected by the decision. Neither has it stopped paying the minimum wage, despite the prompting of the denizens of sentiment who have urged it to suspend payment and thereby violate the national Minimum Wage Act.

“The Kaduna State Government prefers to take lawful and rational steps that are within its powers to rightsize its personnel and thereby reduce its wage bill.”

“The law also forbids subjecting “any other person to any kind of constraint or restriction of his personal freedom in the course of persuasion” for strike action”

“It is unlawful for anyone to try to deny them access or exit. Government offices are not the property of any trade unionist and none of them should entertain thoughts of locking up or vandalizing any facility.”

“Kaduna is also one of the states that is most faithful in implementing the Contributory Pension Scheme, effective from 1st January 2017”.

“The state has also courageously attempted to settle the N14 billion it inherited as arrears of death benefit and gratuity from 2010, commencing payments with those who had exited service the longest.

“Since 2015, KDSG has paid over N13 billion in death benefits and gratuity.”

“This government has demonstrated in action, its commitment to the welfare of its workers, but it insists that this is sustainable only in the context of the general welfare of residents of the state that the government itself is mandated to serve”.

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