NLC, TUC Declare Nationwide Indefinite Strike From Nov. 14

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress TUC have declared a nationwide indefinite strike beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, November 14th, 2023.

The unions said the action is coming due to the government’s insensitivity to the recent brutalization of NLC President Joe Ajaero.

Labour’s position was made known at a press briefing on Monday in Abuja by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) President, Engr. Festus Usifo, said that the declaration of the strike was because the government had failed to meet the unions’ demands regarding the manhandling of Ajaero.

According to him, part of the labour unions’ demands included that those who brutalized the NLC President should be arrested and prosecuted. He particularly said that the Area Commander who led the action should be relieved of his job and prosecuted.

He said: ”We, the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC); if you could recall a while ago, we gave some conditions that we want the government to meet regarding the brutalization of the NLC President.


“So, we set forth some conditions and those conditions were very very clear without ambiguity whatsoever. We said those people that brutalized our president must be arrested and prosecuted. We also stated as well, that the Area Commander who led the police to carry out the brutalization should be relieved of his duty and prosecuted. Then, (the chap, name withheld) who everybody knew that led the thugs should also be arrested and prosecuted. So, the list went on and on, and on, gentlemen of the press I think we have the list of our demands.

“We gave an ultimatum that initially expired Wednesday last week. But on the eve of that expiration, we had a joint session of the NLC and the TUC. We looked at it and we thought that in responding to the petition we should give an additional one week, let’s see if the government will be responsive.

In order to further draw the attention of the government, we had a joint session last week Tuesday but instead of government to come strongly condemning this criminality, instead of government to speak and standing on the side of justice and the side of truth, some people in government were running their mouths and making all kinds of statements, so the two labour centres have resolved to stand strongly by the petition of the joint NEC that was held last week Tuesday. Effective 00: 01hour of the 14th of November we shall declare a nationwide strike.

“So effective tomorrow or mid-night today, that strike is going to commence and all affiliates of the NLC, all state councils of the two centres have been mobilized adequately, and this is going to be indefinite until government at all levels wake up to their responsibilities. This is the decision of the joint NEC of the NLC and the TUC, and we are going to carry it out to the latter.”