The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike over what it describes as unlawful dismissal of civil servants by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
NLC President, Ayuba Wabba disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja, after a meeting of the Central Working Committee.
He said all members of the NLC will down tools nationwide for five days in the first instance
when no response from relevant government agencies, the workers union will think of the next line of action.
Wabba explains that the union’s plan for a nationwide strike over El-Rufai’s action is avouch on the assumption that the governor is having support from other states and the Federal Government.
“CWC has decided and has also recommended to the National Executive Council that labour will withdraw all services,
both from either public or private from all sectors of the economy for five days in the first instance,” he said.
“And where there is no remorse, we will take a total action as we suspect El-Rufai is not alone.
“This action will be total and unconditional and therefore, all unions will be issuing statements and directives to their members .”
NLC Presidents Assertion-NLC Threatens
Speaking further, the NLC President asserts the action as a last resort due to all written communication on the issue to the Kaduna State Government and were yet to receive any attention.
According to him, the CWC cannot sit and watch workers die in silence as thousands of workers who had been sacked
Furthermore, were yet to be paid in line with the provisions of the law.
The move by NLC comes a week after Governor El-Rufai announced the plan to disengage civil servants in the state.
El-Rufai says a significant amount of the federal allocations to the state burns on wages of civil servants.
According to the governor, the decision was one of the necessary moves to salvage the state’s finances.
“Therefore, the state government has no choice but to shed some weight and reduce the size of the public service.
It is a painful but necessary step, for the sake of the majority of the people of this state, .
“The public service of the state with less than 100,000 employees cannot be consuming more than 90% of government resources;
with little left to positively impact the lives of the more than 9 million that are not political appointees .
“It is gross injustice for such a micro minority to consume the majority of the resources of the State,”