Armed thugs disrupted the ongoing rally organized by The Nigeria Labor Congress, Kaduna to protest against unpaid salaries and the mass sacking of workers in the state. began a five-day strike and rally on Monday, 17th of May, 2021.
The thugs stormed the protest scene along Nepa Roundabouts to chase away the NLC protesters who gathered to protest the Kaduna state government’s decision to sack workers. However, policemen dispersed the hoodlums with tear gas.
The rally took place at the NEPA roundabout, Ahmadu Bello Way area, Kaduna state, where NLC was addressing the workers of their intention to ensure that El-Rufai reinstates the sacked workers.
Earlier in their address, the affiliate unions expressed their support for the NLC in its struggle. They lamented the action of the Governor for not following the down process of relieving the workers of their jobs and resolved that they would not surrender until their demands were met.
The NLC accused Governor El-Rufai of sacking 21,770 Kaduna State Primary school teachers sacked since 2017 and over 30,000 workers disengaged through competency tests and are yet to receive their benefits.
The Labor Congress complained that about 20,000 workers are yet to be paid April salary, while over 11,000 civil servants are currently penciled for disengagement and conversion to casual and contract workers.
According to NLC, “Intimidation and harassment of workers to contract out of the Union; non-remittance of statutory check off dues to Trade Unions; workforce reduction in gross violation of workers and extant provisions of Labour Laws.”