The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said it will continue with further mass actions against the Kaduna state government until the sack of workers in the state is reversed.
The Congress said the only way the mass protests and strike by the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) can be stopped is by the Governor respecting the judgement of the National Industrial Court by reversing the sack of over 36, 000 workers.
The Nigerian Online Newspaper recalls that the NLC had on Thursday held a massive protest in Kaduna to demand for the reinstatement of workers sacked by the governor El-Rufai led administration .
The NLC according to a statement by its General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson stated that they will not be intimidated and will use every lawful means to compel El Rufai to reverse his anti-workers stance.
He said further, “The mass actions just got started and nobody, group of persons or authority can stop us as peaceful protests are not only lawful but a fundamental right of the Nigerian people as guaranteed by the constitution and upheld by the Supreme Court.”
Ozo-Eson also alleged that the state government had sponsored some thugs to disrupt it’s protest held on Thursday. He said the Congress has been reliably informed that 10 hoodlums were arrested during the protest.
He said, “We condemn the security agencies for preventing several union leaders and workers from entering Kaduna city as all the entry points were occupied by heavily armed security agents. The actions of the security agents, ostensibly at the behest of the Governor, are clear violations of the fundamental rights of workers, like every other Nigerian, to free movement.
“Before the mass protests, we had informed all security agencies especially the Police and Department of State Security and what we expected of them was the provision of adequate coverage and security for the protection of workers participating in the procession and not the prevention of labour leaders and workers into Kaduna city.
“For us, the actions of the police, army and other security agencies, who chose to act against the people on the orders of the State Government cannot and will not deter us from taking further mass actions against the illegal and irresponsible sack of workers in Kaduna State.”