Nigeria: Labour union protest against workers sack
By Mohammad Ibrahim
January 11, Kaduna: Nigerian Labour Union (NLC) and Nigerian Teachers Union alongside other workers Unions staged a peaceful Protest against the sacking of Workers in Kaduna North West Nigeria. Authorities claimed the disengaged workers were unqualified teachers and Local Government Staff but that was rejected by the union leaders. The labour leaders said the government has a hidden agenda for relieving the workers of their jobs an allegation vehemently rejected by the government. Security agencies were deployed along major streets within the city to stop the workers from protesting due to warning from the state police command . But the warning was ignored by the labour officials led by their National President Comrade Ayuba Wabba. "It is a fundamental human rights that no force on earth can stop it. I'm aware that about 8000 forces including the military, police and civil defence were deployed this morning to intimidate us and use maximum force against us. "We are fighting for the rights of 36,000 workers and their families who were disengaged from Kaduna civil service. The last time we were here we were talking about 21,000 teachers. "As we speak over 4000 local government workers have been issued sack letters. Over 8000 workers from ministries, departments and Agencies including tertiary institutions have been served letters. "We cannot keep quiet, this is not the democracy we bargained for. Let me assure you comrades that this is just the beginning. We have now tested the waters and the struggle would be carried to every state in Nigeria and Abuja to tell the powers that be where the problem is," he said. The State Government Spokesman Samuel Aruwan said the State government can't be intimated or blackmailed to drop its educational reform . The protest was peaceful as the Labour Union handed over a protest letter to government representative at the entrance to the government house.
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