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NLC Gives Reasons For Indefinite Nationwide Strike

By Frank Ulom

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has given reasons why workers have embarked on a nationwide indefinite strike which has halted the economic activities of the country.

CONVERSEER reports that the strike which commenced on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, has entered its day two with no response apart from the blame games from the Federal Government.

A statement by Benson Upah, Head of Information and Public Affairs, NLC on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, said the strike is a protest against the emerging culture of state violence and impunity, among others.

“We would want Nigerians to not lend themselves to the ‘private matter’ narrative being promoted by agents of government as it is intended to divert attention from the real issues.

“Even as no freedom can be greater than the personal liberty of an individual in a popular democracy, which was violently and viciously violated in Imo, what the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria are fighting through this strike action are serial acts of violence/assault and impunity committed against individuals and organisations by the Nigeria Police Force or under their watchful eye or supervision,” the statement by Upah read in part.

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It added, “We make haste to cite three instances here even as there are several others within the brief life of this government.

“We recall the despicable role of the police in the forceful seizure of the offices of NURTW, RTEAN and NUPENG.

“This strike among other things, is a protest against this reprehensible impunity which is fast becoming the signature of this government.

“The arrest, beating and torture of Comrade Joe Ajaero represents the raising of the stakes in this culture of harassment and intimidation and we have no apology for resisting this through a strike.

“For those not in the know, tyranny begins with the loss of personal liberty through the negative deployment of state power through its agents.

“Critics of labour unions forget that they could be the next victims tomorrow.

“Finally, we demand that the government of President Bola Tinubu nip in the bud this burgeoning culture of harassment, intimidation, violence and terror!

“We will not back down until we secure a commitment from the government to govern by the prescribed laws of the land.

“We are clear about our objectives and we are not in need of approval ratings from agents of government passing themselves off as our friends.

“The gradual closing of democratic space is a clear and present danger or tendency we can ill-afford to ignore.”

Frank Ulom
Frank Ulom
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