Civil servants threaten industrial action over cancellation of promotion interview
The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has flayed the Federal Government over cancellation of promotion interview organised by the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) for senior workers in the directorate cadre in Abuja.
The association demanded that the officers affected should be adequately compensated in order to avert industrial crisis.
They lamented that senior civil servants in the directorate cadre who were summoned from different parts of the country for promotion examination fixed for 25th to 28th June 2018 in Abuja, only for the examination to be cancelled when they had completed accreditation.
The General Secretary of the association, Bashir Lawal urged the FCSC and the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) to take necessary steps to stop such untidy practices or face the wrath of trade unions.
“It is indeed sad that Senior Civil Servants were made to risk their lives, paid their transport and accommodation in Abuja, arrived at the venue of the Promotion Examination only for the exercise to be cancelled.
“This type of action tends to create the impression in the minds of the general public that some top government official are sadists who take delight in inflicting sorrow on innocent civil servants, the union stated.
They urged the FCSC and the HCSF to take necessary steps to pay the officers concerned double their Duty Tour Allowance (DTA) for the trauma and anxiety caused them, adding that the FCSC should henceforth stop the practice of summoning civil servants to Abuja for promotion examination only for the exercise to be rescheduled.
“This almost irrational decision by the FCSC to be postponing promotion interviews is becoming standard practice and should be stopped,” the union said.