NLC, TUC says nationwide strike begins midnight

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and its Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, counterpart will begin nationwide strike midnight

Both NLC and TUC have directed workers nationwide to begin an indefinite strike from midnight today.

The strike is to protest the battering of the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, and others in Owerri, Imo State, on November 1, as well as the pending labour issues in the state.

They had, on November 7, resolved to declare a nationwide strike by Tuesday, November 14, if their demands were not met.

Besides the brutalisation of the NLC President, other labour leaders, journalists, other grievances of Organized Labour include outstanding salary arrears, unjust declaration of 11,000 workers as ghost employees, unsettled gratuities, non-compliance of N30,000 minimum wage act, and declaration of 10,000 pensioners as ghost retirees.

Recall that suspected agents of the state and security operatives had descended on Ajaero alongside others.

They smashed the labour leaders’ vehicles, inflicting injuries on them and dispossessing them of handsets, money, ATM cards among other valuables.

They had gathered at the NLC state secretariat to begin a scheduled protest on November 1, over the pending labour issues.

The NLC President, other national leaders of NLC and their TUC, counterparts, were there.

The attack, brutalisation and the battering of Ajaero and others have continued to elicit outrage and condemnation across the country and beyond.

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