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Why we suspended nationwide strike – NLC


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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has revealed why it suspended the nationwide indefinite strike that began on November 14.

Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja, General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), justified the decision in a statement signed on Wednesday in Abuja by Mr Nuhu Toro, Secretary General of the Trade Union Congress (TUC).”

The options provided by the Federal Government through the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu, were thoroughly reviewed by the NEC in session.”We found the offers credible and decided to reconsider our action,” he told reporters.

It should be noted that organized labor previously met with the NSA and Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong.”

Following the meeting, we urged all NLC and TUC affiliates and state councils to demobilize and stop any further escalation of the indefinite strike action.

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

He added that a resolution was reached to suspend the ongoing nationwide strike, which commenced on the 14th November, 2023.

According to Ugboaja, the suspension is intended to facilitate further discussions after the federal government had met crucial demands.

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

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.

Ugboaja said 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 fulfiliment of the remaining agreements,” he said.


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