Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has reacted to the decision taken by the Kaduna State government to sack 4000 local government workers in the state.
NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba in his reaction said the disengagement of the workers is “arbitrary and cruel”.
Speaking further, Wabba called on the Kaduna State Government to reverse the mass sack across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.
His word reads, “the decision to issue compulsory retirement to officers that are 50 years old and above; compulsory retirement of officers on Grade Level 14 and above, even when they are less than 50 years violate the fundamental human and trade union rights of Kaduna State workers.”
“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. We understand that right now redundancy letters are being issued to workers caught in the web of this very arbitrary and cruel decision,” he said.
Similarly, the Kaduna State Chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has also bemoaned the mass sack/retirement of workers.
PDP in a statement released by its State Publicity Secretary, Abraham Alberah Catoh, said the action by the governor is unlawful, callous and smacks of insensitivity to the plight of the good people of the state.
His word reads, “It is disheartening that a government which asserts itself as a believer of the rule of law, however, never hesitates to break the same law in pursuit of its unscrupulous policies, based on their whims and caprices.”
However, Mr. Aliyu Aminu, one of the disengaged workers, has called on the government to pay all the disengaged workers their benefits, before the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan.
It would be recalled that the Kaduna State government had on April 6, sacked over 4000 staff across 23 local governments in the state.