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FIRS workers threaten legal action over sack

18 February 2014, 08:43Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Hundreds of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) workers have protested over their alleged unjust sack due to lack of requisite minimum educational qualification.

They threatened to drag the parastatal to court if their grievances were not adequately addressed.  

The workers, numbering about 700, at a press conference, alleged that they were unjustly sacked by FIRS management following a directive issued in 2012 that they must upgrade their academic qualification.

The workers said the directive had insisted on a minimum educational qualification upgrade of a Bachelor Degree or Higher National Diploma for every worker of the parastatal.

Based on the directive, the workers claimed that many of then went back to school to upgrade their degrees only  to be issued dismissal letters in July last year, midway into their programme.

They said the sack letters were issued to them contrary to the December 31, 2013 deadline for the degree upgrade.

Besides the dismissals, the workers said they have had to put up with difficult times as none of their benefits have been paid by FIRS.

The workers are demanding for an immediate remission of their outstanding five month salary and benefits from August -December 2013.

– CAJ News

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