Attack: Labour begins nationwide indefinite strike on today 

Imo protest: One feared dead …. journalists and others injured. .. Ajaero hospitalised

Releated Post

The Organised labour on Monday insisted on embarking on a nationwide indefinite strike from midnight of Nov. 14, despite a court order restraining it from such action.

The indefinite withdrawal of services is a protest against the “physical attack and brutalisation” of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Joe Ajaero.

NLC had declared a protest in Imo, led by Ajaero on Nov. 1, over alleged anti-workers’ policies and non-payment of 20-month salary arrears by the state government.

Mr Festus Osifo, President of Trade Union Congress(TUC), gave this indication at a joint news conference with the NLC on Monday in Abuja.

Ajaero was attacked and brutalised in the state even though the police have refuted the claim.

Meanwhile, the National Industrial Court had restrained organised labour from embarking on the planned nationwide strike.

It is left to be seen if they labour would go against the court ruling.

Though, according to Osifo, the two Labour unions have resolved to stand firmly by the decision of their joint National Executive Councils (NECs) that was held last week Tuesday.

He said “effective from midnight on 14 November, we shall declare a nationwide strike.

“All affiliates of the TUC and NLC, and all state councils of the two unions have been mobilised adequately.

“This is going to be indefinite until governments at all levels wake up to their responsibilities.

“This is the decision of the joint NEC of NLC and TUC and we are going to carry it out to the letter,” he said.

The TUC president, however, noted that for the Labour unions to suspend their strike, the government must investigate the issues surrounding the attack on Ajaero.

He added that all those involved in the attack must be prosecuted or disciplined.

Osifo also said the NEC of both unions are demanding an immediate, independent and unbiased thorough professional medical examination of all victims of the attack.

“We are also demanding for the immediate ‘restoration’ of all properties lost.

“We also call for urgent implementation of all the outstanding Industrial Relations agreements previously entered into with the Imo government,” he said.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More Related Posts

Thanks for subscribing to our newsletter