The organized labor, including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), recently announced a nationwide strike slated to commence from November 14, 2023. According to an official, the decision was reached after an extraordinary National Executive Council meeting in Abuja.

    The unions had summoned the meeting to assess the planned strike’s arrangements, following the reported assault on the NLC’s National President, Joe Ajaero. Additionally, the unions aimed to review the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Federal Government and the organized labor in early October 2023. This move follows the elimination of the subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit, which the labor centers claim has resulted in immense hardship for Nigerians.

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    Labor Unions

    In response to the National President of the NLC’s previous detention by the police in Owerri, Imo State, on Wednesday, the labor unions issued a five-day ultimatum on Friday.

    The labor centers sought the arrest and prosecution of the government assistant who was suspected of carrying out the attack, as well as the redeployment of the state’s commissioner of police.

    In addition, the unions threatened to launch a nationwide strike if their demands were not fulfilled by Friday, the fifth day of the strike.

    Ahead of the planned state-wide protest in Imo, the NLC’s Head of Information, Benson Upah, revealed that Ajaero was apprehended by the police. However, the police refuted the claims of an arrest, stating that Ajaero was placed in protective custody to prevent a potential mob attack.

    Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, accused the labor leader of interfering in the state’s political affairs, contributing to the tension. The incident has elicited widespread condemnation from prominent figures such as Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, and human rights lawyer Femi Falana (SAN).

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