Labour in face-off with Kogi government over plan to sack 6,000 workers

by Iyobosa Omoregie

 

The Kogi chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has warned the state government against an alleged plan to sack of over 6,000 workers from the state civil service.

After a meeting of organised labour in Lokoja, on Sunday, December 21, the state Chairman of the NLC, Mr James Odaudu, and Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr J.O. Kolawole, said that the State Executive Council (SEC) of the labour in the state had concluded that rather than embark on mass retrenchment, government should allow the Implementation Committee of 2014 Ogunmola Screening report to do its job.

The communique released said that any attempt by government to retrench the over 6,000 worker and removal of their names from pay vouchers as from December would be opposed.

“SEC in session, having noticed government’s plan to send away over 6,000 workers in Kogi State, hereby resolves that all workers in the state should reject salaries for the month of December, 2014, to protect the job security of our members.”

The congress called on workers to reject the December salaries if names of their colleagues were omitted, adding that any attempt by government to carry out the exercise would not be condoned.

The union also restated its position that failure of the government to do the necessary would affect the peaceful industrial relations in the state.

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