Kaduna NLC shoots against mass layoffs

The National Labor Congress, NLC, Kaduna State Council, struck against the mass robbery of public service workers.

In a press release Com. Ayuba Magaji Sulejman et al. Christiana John Bawa, the chairman and secretary of state, said, “The government of Kaduna State must take into account the cost of mass robbery on society and the implications this will have on families and the already endangered security situation in our beloved state. state.
If workers who were laid off in 2016 still need to get their rights, how can KDSG guarantee the payment of terminal allowances to those who are now laid off? “

Workers noted that the state has already faced issues of insecurity, unemployment, poverty, the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and declining business prospects, adding that any additional pain on citizens with reason could repel conscience.

The workers called on the state government to reverse what they called “this unpopular decision of Fr.
mass layoffs ”, and seek alternative means of governing the government without causing additional pain to the public.

The NLC noted that their pleas were that “prominent citizens and other people of good will (such as senior citizens, remain organized, peaceful, and rational in engaging government and other stakeholders in achieving a peaceful solution to this and other issues). political class, clergy, traditional rulers, etc.) would unite with an organized troop to save the state from unnecessary skirmishes. “

“This is necessary to prevent the labor movement from being forced to take some drastic measures,” the statement said.

The NLC lamented that the state has woken up to a new style of governance in which there is no security of tenure in Kaduna’s public service, “since civil servants are daily threatened by layoffs or are actually stunned by mass layoffs without resorting to existing civil service rules that provide adherence to the procedure before removing a public servant from office, and not capriciously, which seems to be the new norm in the state of Kaduna. “

It was said that the mass dismissals of workers in the public service of the state of Kaduna were undertaken without resorting to the payment of a tip, Section 210 of the 1999 Constitution, which guarantees pension rights, and also without any fair hearing of the affected workers, saying that on Tuesday, 6. April 2021, thousands of employees in local government services were issued letters of resignation.

The statement explains, “It will be interesting to note that the monthly internally generated income (IGR) that the government marks is generated by the hard work of Kadun’s public service workers whose only reward, unfortunately, seems to be mass layoffs, arbitrary / inconsistent wages. It is enough to state that the human person is the most important creature of Almighty God and any government policy, no matter how altruistic, which is not aimed at improving the well-being of the human person, cannot be said to be commendable. that is the function of government social responsibility. “

The statement states that any increase in IGR without a corresponding and remarkable improvement in the welfare of workers and the generality of citizens is meaningless and cannot be celebrated by a wide range of people.

The workers noted that it was worrying that the current state leadership saw development straight from the capitalist point of view as opposed to such key indicators as human capital development, human rights and the rule of law, noting that for development to make sense, it must be balanced and useful. human capital development as well as infrastructural growth.

He noted that in a dramatic turn of events, the Kaduna government had recently, in defiance of all rationality and logic, especially facing the unbearable economic reality, issued a letter signed by the Chief Private Secretary (PPS) to the Governor and sent to the Kaduna Chief of Staff, apparently in preparations for the second round of mass sacks in the public service of the state of Kaduna.

In the letter, the PPS requested a comprehensive list of staff from all MDASs as categorized officers over the age of 50 – Mandatory pension, as well as officers at GL / 14 and above, even if under the age of 50 – Mandatory pension and all categories of police officers at GL 01 -06 – Transition to occasional.

The letter also states that no local self-government should have more than 50 employees.