Non-Salary Payment ,Anti Union Clause : NULGE Chairmen Beg Sen Sani To Back NLC, Workers Protest

Non-Salary Payment ,Anti Union Clause : NULGE Chairmen Beg Sen Sani To Back NLC, Workers Protest

By Our Reporter


Ahead of  Wednesday’s planned protest by the the Nigeria Labour Congress,NLC in Kaduna , the Nigerian  Union of Local Government Employees , NULGE  Chairmen of Igabi, Chikun, Giwa, Kaduna North , Kajuru and Kaduna South local government areas on Tuesday asked  the Senator representing Kaduna Central , Comrade  Shehu Sani to support the  NLC and Kaduna workers to fight against de-unionisation of workers and nonpayment of salaries.

Comrades, Sanusi Hussain , Abinada Fadason , Kabiru Abbas,Danladi Zubairu , Samuel Samanja and Yahaya Babakumbo, who are  NULGE Chairmen of the seven local governments areas that the Senator represent , also urged the lawmaker to back the NLC and other labour unions in the state against what they termed , “ The El-Rufai’s anti union position and  attempt to deunionise”  civil servants  in Kaduna .

Kaduna State government in a form currently being distributed to civil servants in the state had crafted  a portion ,where workers are expected to indicate whether  they will either say YES or No to memebership of union, a clause the NLC and TUC vehemently kicked against .

But out of fear of possible compulsion and intimidation , the NULGE Chairmen said civil servants in the state have been restless and apprehensive since Malam Nasir El-Rufai took over as governor of Kaduna state.

According to them , from June 2015 till date ,lots of local government employees  have not been paid salaries . Stressing ,“ It is painful that we have been forced to go through one stage of verification exercise to another without salaries”

Comrade Yahaya Babakumbo, who spoke on behalf of the NULGE Chairmen,  during a courtesy call on Senator Sani at his Kaduna residence today said ,   “We have been  pushed to the wall by El-Rufai’s government and we have no option now than to support the NLC , TUC’s planned protest to fight for workers rights in Kaduna”.

He also said a situation where workers have turned beggars , they have means of livelihood is highly regrettably.

In his response , Senator Shehu Sani expressed disappoint over failure on side of the state to pay workers . He equally condemned the step take by the government to deny workers or the rights to belong to union .

“Despite the fact that Nigeria economy is in crisis there should be no excuse for not paying salaries of workers

” Workers salaries should come first before road construction  ,street lights , amusement parks , housing estates and any physical project.

“Paying wages should be the first line of interest of government.

On the issue of filling form form to belong to union or nor ; the Senator and human rights activist maintained that any government that is opposed to unionism is anti people.

According to him, workers are the backbone of any revolutionary change and unionism is the only guarantee for the protection of workers right .

He further stated that anybody working towards de-unionising workers is simply on the path of persecution them .

” If any worker sacrifices his union identity card , such is  making himself vulnerable to persecution, retrenchment, insolence and destruction.

“Silence to injustice is accomplice to injustice

“We cannot be elected on the vehicle of change and then use same vehicle to disenfranchise workers , divide or destroy them.

“We have not only agree that Nigerian workers helped bring about the change , but also played a role in the liberation struggle against colonialism and military dictatorship.”

He therefore advised all Nigerian workers not to in any way give up his right to unionise .

Senator who further noted , “The masses are not landlords, technocrats, property developers , not experts, captains of any industry ,  observed that they are simply the downtrodden ,who resisted temptation of inducement and persecution to stand under the sun to vote and so, they are the most important of the segment of the economy .

“Workers must defend their rights, NLC and TUC must help to defend rights of workers . I stood by you before I was a senator and I am standing by the you now that I am a Senator.”

He however, call on NULGE Chairmen  as leaders to stand by their workers and defend their rights against any law that undermines or subverts their fundamental rights to belong to union.

But urged them to explore  all channels of negotiations with authorities concern and then give a warning strike , before embarking on protest.

“Governors prefer to appropriate funds meant for local governments for their personal projects and take glory for such .” He emphasised .

While noting that it is time for elected lawmakers at the National Assembly to address problem facing  local government , he added , “If we don’t do that  now ,local governments will continue to be nothing, but an appendage of the state government. 

” If the NASS in the upcoming constitutional review will not do anything to rescue the local governments, then you may as well say it is dead”

He however emphasised that it is wrong for Federal Ministry of Finance to publish the amount of money sent to local government on pages of newspapers and at the end of the day nothing goes to local governments.

Speaking on election , the lawmaker disclosed that  all local government election are not credible whether it is conducted by ruling party or opposition party.

He is said SIECOM is one of the most corrupt institution in Nigeria , adding ,  “They fraudulent elections in favour of the ruling party and take over part power to party in power .

” SIECOM is an institution that helps to impose bad leaders and dictatorship at local government councils with the kinds of elections they conduct in states.”


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