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Trade council directs workers to shun El-Rufai over non-unionisation


Nasir El-Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai

The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (Trade Union side) has directed Kaduna State Civil servants to ignore the directive of the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El Rufai, to fill a form disclaiming membership of trade unions.

The Chairman of the Clincil, Kiri Mohammed, in a statement issued in Abuja, said such directive is discriminatory as well a violation of workers fundamental human right to associate.

The statement declared total support to the efforts of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) under the leadership of Ayuba Wabba to save workers from alleged undemocratic and anti-workers policies of Kaduna State Government.

The statement read in part: “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.”

Kiri, who is also National President of Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) as well as Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, explained that the Kaduna State 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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