Labour union re­jects sack of 1,050 civil ser­vants

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Mo­hammed Shosanya, La­gos

The As­so­ci­a­tion of Se­nior Civil Ser­vants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has re­jected a plan by the Federal Govern­ment to sack 1,050 civil ser­vants in its em­ploy on the ground that they are in the ser­vice il­le­gally.

The union said the ex­cuse by the govern­ment might be a smoke­screen to sack in­no­cent civil ser­vants who have served the na­tion mer­i­to­ri­ously for decades.

The union’s Gen­er­alSec­re­tary,Com­rade Alade Bashir Lawal, said in a state­ment in La­gos yes­ter­day that no re­tire­ment in what­ever form should take place un­til all stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing the As­so­ci­a­tion of Se­nior Civil Ser­vants of Nigeria (ASCSN) ver­ify the claim of the govern­ment.

He said: “We want to make it abun­dantly clear that if the govern­ment em­barks on such anti-labour ex­er­cise with­out al­low­ing trade unions to es­tab­lish the au­then­tic­ity of its claim, we will not be able to guar­an­tee in­dus­trial peace and har­mony in the en­tire civil ser­vice”. The Head of the Civil Ser­vice of the Fed­er­a­tion (HCSF), Al­haji Bukar Aji, had on Mon­day at the 60th an­niver­sary of the Nigeria Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, dis­closed that 1,050 civil ser­vants work­ing il­le­gally in the ser­vice would be re­tired in the next three weeks.

But the scribe of the ASCSN con­tended that if govern­ment’s de­ci­sion was not a ploy to re­tire in­no­cent civil ser­vants, it should have no dif­fi­culty in set­ting up a govern­ment/Labour panel to fish out the pur­ported il­le­gal civil ser­vants.

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