The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (Trade Union side) has directed Kaduna State Civil Servants to disregard directives by the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai to fill a form disowning union.
The group in a statement by the National Chairman, Comrade Kiri Mohammed said such directive is discriminative and a violation of workers fundamental human right.
The statement further said the joint Council pledges total support to the committed efforts of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), led by Comrade Ayuba Wabba to save the workers from undemocratic and anti-workers policies of Kaduna State Government.
According to the statement, “The attention of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (Trade Union side) has been drawn to anti- workers action of Kaduna State Government by issuance of special exercises on staff verification forms, issued by the Kaduna State Government, office of the Governor to fill and indicate ‘No’ to union.
“The council discovered that after the exercise recently conducted, the State Government issued obnoxious policies compelling Civil Servants not to identify with any Trade Union of their choice.
“We hereby direct Kaduna State Civil Servants not to sign the form.”
Comrade Kiri who is also National President of Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) as well as Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, said the policy is also a violation of convention C87 and C98 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) ratified by Nigeria, Trade Union (amendment) Act 2005 and section 40 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on freedom of association.
The council, however, urged Kaduna State Governor to withdraw the directive to avoid confrontation with the organised Labour on the matter.