Disregard El Rufai’s Directive to Disown Union – Trade Union tells Civil Servants

by on March 22, 2016

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.
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