NLC declares nationwide strike over Ajaero’s assault

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The organised labour yesterday declared Wednesday, November 8 2023 a nationwide strike following the Monday’s manhandling of the national president of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joe Ajaero in Imo State.

 

Deputy president of NLC, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) deputy president, Comrade Etim Oko at a joint press briefing in Abuja, gave implementation of a six-point demand to the federal government as condition to avert the looming strike.

 

Among the demands presented are; the immediate removal of the commissioner of police, Ahmed Barde, from Imo State, removal of the area commander, arrest and prosecution of the adviser to state governor on special duties, Nwaneri Chinasa and other state government officials fingered in the alleged brutalisation of Ajaero and other workers.

 

The labour leaders also demanded an immediate, independent and unbiased thorough professional medical examination of  Ajaero in light of the physical and psychological injuries inflicted on him.

 

They also resolved that other workers and journalists subjected to the alleged inhuman treatment by the police and Hope Uzodimma’s goons be treated by the state and all the properties lost be replaced immediately.

 

They equally demanded immediate implementation of all the outstanding industrial relations issues as previously agreed with the Imo State government.

The labour leaders said, “We are worried that it has become criminal for workers in Nigeria to gather for a peaceful protest when Section 40 of the Nigerian Constitution and the International Conventions like the Universal Declaration on Human Rights guarantees the rights to Freedom of Association and the right to bargain collectively.  It is more absurd that these infractions will even happen at all and still continues to happen especially when Nigeria seats as the chairman of the governing board of the ILO.

 

“We further resolved that in the event the government fails to comply with any or all of the conditions above-stated, NLC, TUC and their affiliates will no longer guarantee industrial peace in Nigeria beginning Wednesday the 8th of November, 2023”.

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