NLC Advises Kogi Govt Against Retrenchment of 6,000 Workers

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Kogi chapter, has advised the state government against planned retrenchment of over 6,000 workers from the state civil service.

The advice is contained in a communique signed by the state Chairman of the NLC, Mr James Odaudu, and Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr J.O. Kolawole, at the end of a meeting of the organised labour in Lokoja on Sunday.

The communique said that the State Executive Council (SEC) of the labour in the state had resolved that rather than embarking on mass retrenchment, government should allow the Implementation Committee of 2014 Ogunmola Screening report to do its job.

The congress said the implementation committee’s job had been taken over by the state Ministry of Finance; Budget and Planning Ministry and the Accountant General’s Office.

The communique said that any attempt by government to retrench the over 6,000 worker and removal of their names from pay vouchers as from December would be opposed.

“SEC in session, having noticed government’s plan to send away over 6,000 workers in Kogi State, hereby resolves that all workers in the state should reject salaries for the month of December, 2014, to protect the job security of our members.”

It, therefore, called on the workers to reject the December salaries if names of their colleagues were omitted, adding that any attempt by government to carry out the exercise would not be condoned.

The union reiterated its stance that failure of the government to do the necessary would affect the peaceful industrial relations in the state.

It also condemned the installment payment of the 2013 leave bonus spread over a period of 10 months and wondered when government would commence the payment of 2014 annual leave bonus.

The congress commended the support, cooperation and loyalty of members in 2014 and called for the sustenance, saying that much more was required of them the years ahead.

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