The nationwide strike initially announced by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) a week ago has commenced, with various affiliated unions joining the industrial action as per circulars shared on Facebook by the NLC on Tuesday morning.
Among the unions participating are the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE), the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP), along with others such as the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), the National Union of Food Beverage and Tobacco Employees, the Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN), the National Union of Electricity Employees, and the Nigeria Union of Railway Workers.
This strike follows the physical assault on NLC National President Joe Ajaero in Imo State two weeks ago, during a demonstration concerning salary and pension arrears spanning 44 months and other labour rights violations. The protest was seen by some as an attempt to hinder Governor Hope Uzodimma’s re-election bid in the recent governorship election.
Despite a restraining order from the National Industrial Court (NIC) against the strike, the unions proceeded with their directive to workers nationwide to begin withdrawing their services at midnight, as stated in their Monday announcement.
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