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Why we suspended nationwide strike – NLC, TUC

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Why we suspended nationwide strike – NLC, TUC

File Photo: NLC members in a recent protest.

Published By: Michael Adesina

By Joan Nwagwu

The Organised Labour has explained why it suspended the nationwide indefinite strike that commenced on November 14.

Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja, General Secretary of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), explained the action in a statement he jointly signed with Mr. Nuhu Toro, Secretary General of Trade Union Congress(TUC) on Wednesday.

“The NEC in session had a thorough review of the offers presented by the Federal Government through the National Security Adviser(NSA), Nuhu Ribadu.
“We found the offers credible and decided to reconsider our action.

“After the meeting, we directed all affiliates and State councils of both the NLC and TUC to demobilize, cease any further escalation of the indefinite strike action.

“We fully resume work tomorrow, Thursday, the 16th day of November, 2023,” Emmanuel stated.

He added that the suspension was intended to facilitate further discussions after the federal government had met crucial demands.

“We expect government to address the distressing abduction and brutalization of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero, and others.

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“These incidents occurred in the hands of the Police and Gov. Hope Uzodimma’s thugs in Owerri, in Imo, on the 1st day of November, 2023,” he recalled.

He noted that an apology was tendered on behalf of the government by the NSA, who promised to coordinate the investigation.

He added that some of the perpetrators had been arrested while others would be fished out and prosecuted.

Emmanuel also confirmed that high-powered investigation was currently being carried out and the leadership of labour centres would be briefed continuously as progress is being made.

He commended all affiliates and state councils for their unwavering commitment and tenacity that made the strike a success.

“Once again, we convey our appreciation for your cooperation, resilience and determination in ensuring the success of the indefinite nationwide strike.

“We encourage you to remain vigilant as we await the fulfillment of the remaining agreements,” he concluded.

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