November 13, (THEWILL) – Organised labour under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), have declared a nationwide strike.
TUC President, Festus Osifo, who disclosed this to journalists on Monday, said the strike will commence midnight, Monday and would remain until “government at all levels wake up to their responsibility.”
The Unions directed its affiliates to implement the resolutions of the National Executive Council (NEC)
THEWILL reports that that the NLC and TUC had on Tuesday, November 7, threatened to embark on a nationwide strike from Tuesday, November 14, to protest the brutality on Joe Ajaero, President of the NLC.
Ajaero was hospitalised at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri, on Wednesday, November 1, after he was allegedly brutalised by suspected agents of the state and security operatives in Imo state.
The President President, other national leaders of NLC and TUC, were at the state Secretariat in Owerri to protest among other grievances, the backlog of unpaid salaries and allowances, pensions, gratuities, and non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage Act.
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) on Friday, November 10, issued an order of interim injunction restraining members of NLC, TUC and their affiliates from proceeding with the strike.
President of the court, Justice Benedict Kanyip, issued the order while ruling on an ex-parte application brought by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) on behalf of the Federal Government.