According to reports, the National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero, was allegedly arrested by the Nigeria Police Force in Owerri, Imo State. The arrest took place at the NLC state council secretariat and Ajaero was subsequently taken to an undisclosed location. The NLC had earlier threatened to organize a statewide strike in Imo State, starting from November 1, 2023, accusing the Imo State Government of infringing on the rights of Nigerian workers in the state.

    Ajaero bemoaned the fact that many workers had perished as a result of what he claimed was the state governor Hope Uzodimma’s indifference of their wellbeing.

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    President of the Nigeria Labour

    He listed some of the alleged transgressions committed by Uzodimma against its employees, such as the purported inability to carry out prior agreements, particularly the one struck on January 9, 2021; unpaid salary arrears of nearly two years; unfair labeling of employees as “ghost workers”; and unpaid gratuity arrears, among other things.

    He claims that over 11,000 employees have been classified as ghost workers by the Imo State Government, and nearly 10,000 pensioners have had their benefits incorrectly labeled as ghost pensioners, leading to almost 22 months of unpaid pensions.

    The president of the NLC also bemoaned the state government’s noncompliance with the federal minimum wage, pointing out that Governor Uzodinma has opposed the application of social dialogue and collective bargaining to address the problems.

    Details to come……

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