Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State governor, has told the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vanguard, that his government is ready for the industrial action which commences today.
The NLC had mobilized about 14 affiliate bodies in Kaduna for the five-day warning strike, which commenced on Monday, to protest the recent sacking of 4,000 workers in the state.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) had since shut down all the 33KV lines in the state since the midnight of Saturday, leaving residents in darkness.
The compliance followed an earlier warning by the National Union of Electricity Employees that it had been directed by the NLC to join the warning strike.
But Daily Trust reports that many civil servants have decided to boycott the strike, following a warning by the state government that attendance would be taken.
El-Rufai had on Saturday, said his government would not bow to blackmail, insisting that it was not sustainable to spend 84 to 96 per cent of its federal allocation on salaries and personnel costs.
Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, and other leaders of the union arrived Kaduna on Sunday for a closed-door meeting.
However, reacting to PDP Vanguard which made a statement on Twitter that a ‘mother of all labour strikes’ would take place in Kaduna, El-Rufai described the NLC and the PDP as “fathers of all hypocrites”, stressing that Kaduna would wait for them.
“FATHERS OF ALL HYPOCRITES: Kaduna will wait for you all – the invisible PDP & affiliates like the hypocritical NLC that is yet to implement the National Minimum Wage Act, 2019 for its own employees,” he wrote.
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