Nigeria: Nationwide Strike Commences Today: NLC and TUC Take Industrial Action
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) have instructed workers nationwide to initiate an indefinite strike from midnight today. This decision persists despite a National Industrial Court injunction restraining them from industrial action.
The strike is a response to the assault on NLC President Joe Ajaero and others in Owerri, Imo State, on November 1, as well as unresolved labor concerns in the state. Issues include outstanding salary arrears, unjust classification of 11,000 workers as ghost employees, unpaid gratuities, non-compliance with the N30,000 minimum wage act, and the classification of 10,000 pensioners as ghost retirees.
The decision to strike follows an extraordinary National Executive Council meeting in Abuja. TUC President Festus Osifo emphasized that the strike would persist until governments at all levels fulfill their responsibilities. The court order barring the strike has been met with a warning from the Attorney-General of the Federation, urging respect for the court order and the rule of law.