Paul Obi in Abuja
The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council monday urged Kaduna State civil servants to disregard directives by the state Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, to fill a form disowning unionism in their respective duties as civil servants.
In a statement, the National Chairman of the council, Comrade Kiri Mohammed, explained that the directive was discriminatory and amounts to violation of workers’ fundamental human right with the intension to derail the unity of organised labour in the state.
The statement further observed that the council gives its total support to the committed efforts of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by Comrade Ayuba Wabba to save the workers from undemocratic and anti-workers’ policies of the state government under the leadership of El Rufai.
According to Mohammed, “The attention of the Joint Council has been drawn to anti- workers’ action of Kaduna State Government by the issuance of special exercises on staff verification forms, issued by the state government through 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 state civil servants not to sign the form.”
Mohammed who also doubled as the National President of Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) as well as Deputy President of the NLC, said the policy is a contravention 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 further cautioned the governor to withdraw the said circular and directive, as the union will be left with no other option than to confront the state government should El Rufai fail to heed to their demand