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El Rufai TUC, NLC in war of words with Kaduna Governor

The labour leaders have resolved to fight against the call by the Governor, asking workers who do not want to be in the Unions, to leave.

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Kaduna have accused Governor Nasir El Rufai of violating the rights of workers in the state.

The labour leaders have resolved to fight against the call by the Governor, asking workers who do not want to be in the Unions, to leave.

The NLC and TUC in a joint statement said “The demand for workers for a verification from indicating their choice to belong to the union or not is tantamount to an infringement on their fundamental human rights.

“Union membership is a constitutional issue which is above the jurisdiction of any state government. Labour unions would resist any attempt to polarize and create dis-harmony among it members.”

Premium Times reports that Governor El Rufai’s spokesperson has however countered the labour leaders’ claims saying “Cooperation with the employer to verify the status of every worker is expected. It cannot be made a reason for industrial action.

“Refusal to participate in verification will result in the concerned persons being removed from the payroll.

“The labour leadership seems to be afraid that workers will opt-out of joining unions.

“If that be the case, the unions should seek ways to increase their attraction to workers, including persuading them to opt for continued membership.

“Inciting workers against a legitimate process of updating their personnel records is counter-productive.”

The President of Omega Fire Ministries (OFM) Apostle Johnson Suleiman recently placed a curse on Governor El Rufai, over the controversial religious censorship bill.

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