The Board of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has dissolved its unit of the Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU).
This was announced in a statement by the FIRS Director, Communications and Liaison Department, Abdullahi Ahmad, in Abuja on Monday, July 19.
The FIRS explained that the union whose executives were purportedly made up of senior staff of FIRS was dissolved in an official announcement circulated to all staff.
The statement read in part: “In line with Gazette No. 6 Vol 65 dated February 8, 1978, and National Industrial Court Judgement dated June 27, 1995, it is noted that the operations of Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) FIRS Unit as it is constituted today in FIRS is considered illegal.
There are no longer any junior staff cadre employees in the service. There is accordingly no legal or other basis whatsoever for the continued existence of a junior staff cadre union in FIRS as the cadre of staff it is deemed to cover does not exist within the organization.
A letter from Federal Ministry of Labour to the Head of Service of the Federation dated 19th February 2015 confirmed the above position in categorical terms.
The statement further clarified that the right of workers to decide which union to belong is not absolute but must be exercised within the limits of Trade Unions Act CAP T14 LFN 2004.
This position was confirmed in the Judgment of the National Industrial Court – NCSU vs ASCSN (2004) 1NLLR Part 3, 427.
“In the light of all the above, The FIRS Board at its Meeting No. 30 held on the 24th June 2021, therefore, directed that, in view of items 1 & 2 above, the activities of NCSU FIRS Unit in the Service are henceforth considered illegal.
And the Union (NCSU FIRS Unit) is hereby proscribed with immediate effect.”
FIRS added that its board is willing to work with legitimate staff representation, citing that senior staff can increase their mandate through the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria.