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Warrap state workers’ union writes to justice ministry over suspension

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May 2,2013 (JUBA) - The leader of South Sudan’s Warrap state workers’ union is protesting the body’s suspension to the ministry of justice, asking the central government to quickly intervene and reverse the decision of state governor Nyandeng Malek Dielic, who disbanded the union last week.

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Workers taking crates of water from the production line at the water factory in Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan, October 12, 2012 (ST)

The move, came after the union opposed the governor’s decision, calling for a one-day salary cut for all government employees to raise money for next month’s sports tournament, scheduled to be held in Western Bahr el Ghazal state.

However, members of the union argued that the tournament was a national event, and not a state matter, questioning why money was being raised through the deduction of workers’ pay.

In a letter dated 1 May, union chairperson Wol Anei Anei said that he is determined to pursue the case, claiming the decision not only violates workers’ rights but also the transitional constitution.

The letter was addressed to the national minister of justice, with copies also sent to the state governor along with several officials and institutions.

“We are calling [for the] intervention of the central government in [the] matter because the decision of the governor lacks any basis. Her actions do not have any constitutional backing. She is just like someone going against the current in a flowing river. She is denying the legality of the workers”, Anei told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

Anei pointed out that Malek, then an advisor on gender affairs to former governor Tor Deng Mawien, was aware of a letter sent to all 10 state governors by vice-president Riek Machar in October 2008 requesting the establishment of the union .

WORKERS PAY CUT

In an interview with Sudan Tribune, Paul Dhel Gum, the animal resources and fisheries minister, said Malek’s decision to impose a one-day salary cut on all civil servants was to enable the state meet its obligations in wake of the current economic meltdown.

He claimed that a one-day pay cut from each government employee equated to less than 1 South Sudanese Pound.

However, Anei said that the procedures taken to calculate employees’ salary were wrong and must not be allowed to remain unchallenged, adding that government systems in place must be upheld by all regardless of their status.

“Workers are not against deduction. This must be clear so that our position is not misunderstood. We are ready to contribute more than one day. We have always done that”, he explained, citing previous significant contributions made by workers.

According to Anei, workers last year contributed 444,298 South Sudanese pounds.

“This money was voluntarily contributed and there was no complaint because it was well organised. The workers and the councils of ministers with the state parliament were involved. We had expected the same thing to be done. The councils of ministers and the parliament together with workers union and other relevant groups should have been informed”, he said

LEGALITY QUESTIONED

Malek, however, has questioned the legality of the body, saying the letter addressed to the previous governor did not quote any constitutional procedures relevant to the laws of South Sudan or the provisional labour act as a guiding principal.

Quoting the state’s transitional constitution, Malek said that a government decree should not be subject to questioning.

But Anei claims the governor has gone beyond her constitutional powers and has violated the rights of employees on the grounds her decisions cannot be questioned because she is the last authority.

“What she has done cannot even be done by the president. She has violated a lot of things here. The first violation was the deduction of the employees’ salary without their consents …This decision can never be taken without involving other institutions like the council of ministers and the parliament. President Kiir himself cannot do what she did. He cannot issue a decree deducting employees’ salary without consulting them and the other institutions,” he said.

“The second violation is the suspension of the body which represents them. The body has been registered and that is why it has been operating for all these years. If it was not legal why was it allowed to operate for all [these] years? The other thing is the condemnation of [the 2008] letter of the vice-president, which is the basis of establishing [the] workers union”, Anei added.
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Complain letter from workers’ union against Warrap Governor
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  • 3 May 2013 06:49, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Governor Nyandeng should bring to book of corruption.
    Sport is fund by central government according to sports system in the worldwide.
    Let her charge of corruption.

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    • 3 May 2013 07:09, by Gat Gan Kiir

      Nyandeng need not to be taken to Corruption book alone, but also Anei can fuck her for almost two months. She forget that she is a woman. Let Anei deal with her as a man and woman in a relationship and also to court of law. We are no longer in the Jungle we are in the City with a guidance principles. Kit Nyang Kir

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    • 3 May 2013 08:37, by Kedo

      Don’t waste your time talking politics. See how a poor Sudanese woman became a millionaire by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she used (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). WAKE UP AFRICANS

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  • 3 May 2013 07:43, by good luck

    The governor of warrap state,i don,t blame u but i blame those who vote for u wented u are contesting and the proverb says somethings goes around come around.

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    • 3 May 2013 08:37, by Kedo

      Don’t waste your time talking politics. See how a poor Sudanese woman became a millionaire by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she used (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). WAKE UP AFRICANS

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  • 3 May 2013 08:36, by Brother Billy

    The presence of nyandeng as a governor of warrap will result into a mistrust of a ruling party(SPLM)with in two years in power, nyandeng has been violating many constitutional rights that a president can not do e.g:1- Ordering a citizen to leave the state within 48 hrs for attending community meeting.2-arrest/dismissal of a chief saying that the chief didn,t respect her.3-torturing of an mp etc.

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  • 3 May 2013 08:50, by Brother Billy

    Bravo Mr. Anei, I wish other South Sudanese citizen were like you,nyandeng would have not gone as far as thinking that she is more human being and superior than any body.when she was serving as a minister of education, she ordered shooting of pupils who were demonstrating on street.no development in the state with a lot of abuse,torturing,threats to vulnerable citizens in the state!God redeem us!

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  • 3 May 2013 10:50, by steven

    Some higher authorities should solve this problem and decide what is the best solution.

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  • 3 May 2013 13:41, by monyomiji

    Attention Attention! are you stiil talking about nyadeng shame on you brothers a person who had been cursed by de man she decided during her youth time da u come later on 4 sex n unfortunately she was taken by somebody to have agood nit with then came this man with ready gun n he failed to got her then say man no problem da result bad to manners upto death. so leave her she will go one day!

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