NLC, TUC Finally Suspend Nationwide Strike, Give Reason

NLC, TUC Finally Suspend Nationwide Strike, Give Reason

  • Organised labour has suspended its nationwide indefinite strike, which began on Tuesday, November 14, 2023
  • Tommy Etim, the national deputy vice-president of the TUC, made this known to reporters in Abuja on Wednesday night, November 15
  • NLC is protesting the alleged brutalisation of its president, Joe Ajaero, and the failure of the government to implement some of its agreements journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

FCT, Abuja - The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) have suspended the ongoing nationwide.

NLC, TUC, NSA Nuhu Ribadu, FG, Joe Ajaero
Labour has suspended the ongoing strike over the battering of the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, among other pending issues. Photo credit: NLC, Joe Ajaero
Source: Facebook

Recall that on Tuesday, November 14, labour commenced an industrial action over the battering of the NLC president, Joe Ajaero, among other pending issues.

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However, on Wednesday night, November 15, the strike was suspended following the federal government's intervention through the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Vanguard reported.

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Daily Trust reported that Nuhu Ribadu intervened in the nationwide action of the organised labour, disclosing that two suspects in connection with Ajaero's attack had been arrested. reliably gathered from top sources at the Labour House, Abuja, that the leaders at their extra-ordinary National Executive Council (NEC) meeting resolved to take into consideration all the promises made by the NSA.

“We’ve just finished extra-ordinary NEC meeting. We have considered all the appeals made to us by the NSA during our meeting in his office in the afternoon. We shall give him time to coordinate the investigations as promised,” one of the labour leaders disclosed.

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The national deputy vice-president of the TUC, Tommy Etim, confirmed the development on Wednesday night in an interview with The Punch in Abuja.

“The NEC of the NLC and the TUC have suspended the strike. We did this based on our trust for the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, who gave us his words,” he said.

Tinubu rejects NLC's nationwide strike

Meanwhile, the presidency faulted the recent decision of organised labour. The presidency criticised labour for embarking on a nationwide strike due to the assault on Joe Ajaero, the NLC president.

In a statement signed by Tinubu's aide, Bayo Onanuga, and shared on his X page (formerly Twitter) on Monday evening, November 13, the president described the decision of the NLC and TUC as "clearly unwarranted".

Recall that Ajaero was arrested by the police in Owerri, Imo state, at the NLC secretariat on Wednesday, November 1.

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After his release, he narrated what he went through during his arrest. He said he was beaten, and God must have taken extra time to create him for him to survive.

He stated this with a bruised and swollen face in a viral video shared by an X user (formerly known as Twitter).


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