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NLC, ILAW condemns sacking of workers in Kaduna state

Victoria Ogunrinde

The International Lawyers Assisting Workers (ILAW) on Friday, has in strong terms condemned the sacking of workers in Kaduna State, and the threat by the State Goverment to sack more workers in the coming days.

ILAW’s position came in as a support to the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC), asking the Kaduna state government to reverse the mass sack of workers in the state, as they described it as an ”arbitrary and cruel” decision.

According to a press statement signed by Adesina Oke Esq; Femi Aborisade Esq; Jessica Jaja Esq; Benson Upah Esq; and Onyeisi Chiemeke Esq, the conduct of the government is an affront to law, morality and well-being of the affected workers , with grave security implications for the entire country.

The statement reads, “The mass sack and proposed sack are defective legally and procedurally in light of the terms and conditions governing their employment and disengagement.

“We are afraid, the motivations of the Kaduna State Goverment are ill-informed, uncharitable, defective and counter-productive.
Violations of our extant labour laws on this scale not only trivialise our democracy, but constitute an invitation to anarchy especially in light of the fact that the already disengaged workers have not been paid their terminal benefits, neither is there any plan to pay those to follow.”

“The indescribable hardship this foists on the workers in this era of multiple denials, is better left to the imagination.
It is an obvious fact that it is not only on these workers, that the burden of survival rests but their numerous dependants as well as those whose economic activities and daily subsistence rest on the working class.

The group is appalled by the level of recklessness, insensitivity and lawlessness.

“We had thought that some lessons have been learnt from the purges of the Murtala Muhammed regime of the ’70s, which laid the foundation of the destruction of the civil service in the country from which it is yet to recover.
Progressive or insightful governments around the world in this covid era are focused on saving or creating jobs and not destroying existing ones.”

The group is therefore urging Mallam El-Rufai to avert his mind to the truth by recalling unfairly sacked workers, as well as put on hold further mass sack, else he would have unwittenly written himself into the history of the damned.

“In pursuance of this, we declare our unequivocal support for the protest/strike action by the Nigeria Labour Congress in Kaduna State starting on Monday, May 17 2021.
We accordingly urge our members across the country to mobilise to Kaduna so as to render services as may be required by circumstances.”

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