The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress jointly announced a nationwide strike effective Tuesday, November 14, 2023. This decision was reached during an extraordinary National Executive Council meeting in Abuja.
Previously, both unions had called for an extraordinary NEC meeting to assess the strike’s details. This meeting aimed to review the situation following the assault on the NLC’s National President, Joe Ajaero, and the evaluation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Federal Government and the organized labor on October 2, 2023. This MOU related to the removal of the subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit, which the labor centers argued had caused significant hardship for Nigerians.
The labour unions had issued a five-day ultimatum on Friday in response to the arrest of the NLC’s National President by the police in Owerri, Imo State. Their demands included the redeployment of the state’s commissioner of police and the arrest and prosecution of a government aide allegedly involved in the attack. The unions threatened a nationwide industrial action if their demands were not met within five days.
While the police claimed they had taken Ajaero into protective custody to prevent a mob attack and denied his arrest, the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, accused him of interfering in the state’s political affairs.
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