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Labour set to resume strike as negotiation with Governor El-Rufai collapses

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is set to resume mass action in Kaduna State.

This was disclosed to journalists in Abuja by President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, after an emergency National Executive Council meeting on Tuesday.

According to Wabba, the NLC was forced to take the decision after exhausting all avenues to resolve the issue amicably.

He noted that part of their efforts to resolve the issue included letters to President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige. But all efforts failed to yield any positive results.

The NLC President further noted that union members across the nation had been mobilised to resume the suspended mass action, adding that the action was taken after Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State failed to honour the last Memorandum of Action.

He said, “It is on record that between 31st of March and 1st April, 2021, thousands of workers have been laid off from the unified Local Government systems in Kaduna State.

“Also affected are workers in the State Primary Health Care agency, and workers in KSMC. Owing to the above grievous infractions, and continued provocation by the Kaduna State government against workers in the State, and despite the fact that we have also complained formally to the Federal Government through the President, we have also complained formally to the Federal Ministry of Labour on the non-adherence to the MoU, NEC has resolved as follows:

“That the earlier decision of the National Executive Council to withdraw all services and protest this neo-liberalism and extreme right-wing policies should take effect without further delay, and that the mobilisation of all our state councils and all affiliates should take place immediately and that all Employers of Labour should be put on notice as required by our extant laws.”

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