The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has condemned the sack of 4, 042 local government workers by the Kaduna State Government.
The State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jafaru Sani, had on Wednesday said the mass sack formed part of the state government’s restructuring of the local government system in the state.
Reacting to the development, the NLC declared the sack as ‘illegal’, saying that the action violates labour laws and industrial relations practice in the country.
“The reasons adduced by the government are spurious and unfounded,” a statement by NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, noted in a statement on Thursday.
Speaking further, the NLC boss said, “Aside from this, the process is patently faulty and unlawful. “For instance, redundancy cannot be carried out without following the provisions of the Labour Act .
“When the Government of Kaduna State announced to the whole world its plan to lay off about 25,000 teachers for failing a competency test for Primary Four Class, we not only expressed our misgivings, we said the so-called competency test was a subterfuge and part of a premeditated plan to drastically cut down the workforce in furtherance of dangerous neoliberal policies.
“The latest illegal mass sack of workers lends credence to our assertions or fears.”
“We would want to warn of the consequences of the reckless actions of the government of Kaduna State and will call for caution and restraint on the part of the government.
“It is evident that the government has not given sufficient consideration to the social consequences of laying off en masse 5,000 workers.
“The Governor boasts that no one, absolutely nothing could stop him from carrying out his agenda of mass retrenchment of workers.”
“This is most unfortunate and a direct fulfillment of the exact opposite of his campaign promise and APC’s manifesto to create jobs.
“He often says as Governor, he has the right, power, means and will to do as he likes, but this is undemocratic and anti-workers.
“We are worried by these emotional outbursts, and their infectious effects on his peers and the polity as a whole.”