By Salisu Sani-Idris
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) Joint Union Action Committee (JUAC) have reached a deal to go on an indefinite strike.
The joint unions go on strike for non-application of the law on the FCT Civil Service Commission.
JUAC Chairman Matilukoro Korede at a briefing to reporters Monday in Abuja said the law on the FCT Civil Service Commission could not stand still, while the administration continued to refuse the benefits to workers.
Korede said that the refusal of CTF Minister Malam Muhammad Bello to implement the law signed three years ago by President Muhammadu Buhari had put their fate on hold for too long “and this cannot continue”.
He said the three-day warning strike that just ended last week was a sign that issues affecting their well-being would no longer be subject to a political bottleneck.
He said the joint FCTA and FCDA unions were ready for an indefinite strike that would cripple all government activities.
The workers’ patience was exhausted, he said, as the administration refused to take action after several meetings with union leaders.
Korede said workers have shown resilience in demanding the implementation of Decree 1 of 2004.
He said the ordinance abolished the Federal Capital Territory Department long before the law was signed, which should allow FCT workers to advance in service like their state counterparts.
He said full implementation of Decree 1 of 2004 and the FCT Civil Service Commission would ensure the removal of the permanent secretary, who was in post at the Federal Civil Service Commission.
“It will also give the opportunity for FCT workers to progress further in the administrative framework, while a skilled worker in the system can be appointed as the FCT department head as obtained in the States.”
The president said that without the law’s implementation, CTF workers would continue to face administrative limitations that would not allow them to grow up with their state counterparts.
“It was a huge relief when the National Assembly listened to the voice of the FCT administration staff by promulgating it, promulgating it and publishing it in the Official Gazette with the consent of the President and the FCT Civil Service Commission. in 2018.
“It’s three years later; the big question is why has it been difficult to apply it till date?
“The FCT Civil Service Commission is created by an act of Parliament, as are the Federal Civil Service Commission and those of the State Civil Service Commission, whose primary responsibility is appointment.
“Among the demands of the workers, there is the withdrawal of all the staff of the FCTA of the General Accountant of the Integrated System of Information on Personnel and Payroll (IPPIS) of the Federation.
“Others include the immediate release of all outstanding cases of conversion, upgrading, advancement and abolition of casualization of FCTA workers.
“Especially in the Transport Secretariat, Water Board and Environmental Protection Board of Abuja, promotion and discipline also known as (APD), within FCT,” Korede said. . (NOPE)
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