By Frank Ulom
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have released a statement after a meeting with the Federal Government delegation which led to the suspension of the indefinite strike which lasted for barely 48 hours.
The statement which was jointly signed by Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja Esq, General Secretary of NLC and Comrade Nuhu Toro, Secretary General of TUC on Wednesday evening, November 15, 2023, was directed to all affiliates and state councils.
The statement which was titled “SUSPENSION OF INDEFINITE NATIONWIDE STRIKE” directed workers to resume work on Thursday, November 16, 2023.
The statement read thus:
“Sequel to the emergency joint National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the NLC and TUC today, the 15th day of November, 2023 in which a thorough review of the offers presented by the federal government through the National Security Adviser during its earlier meeting with the leadership of both centres was made, a resolution was reached to suspend the ongoing nationwide strike, which commenced on the 14th November, 2023.
“This suspension is intended to facilitate further discussions after the federal government had met our crucial demands to address the distressing abduction and brutalisation of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Joe Ajaero, and others. These incidents occurred at the hands of the Police and Governor Hope Uzodinma’s thugs in Owerri, Imo state, on the 1st day of November 2023.
“An apology was tendered on behalf of the government by the NSA, who promised to coordinate the investigation. Some of the perpetrators have been arrested, and we were given high assurances that all others will be fished out and prosecuted.
“High-powered investigation is currently being carried out and the leadership of the labour centres will be briefed continuously as progress is being made.
“We extend our commendation and salute to all affiliates and state councils for their unwavering commitment and tenacity, which contributed to the success of the nationwide strike.
“Therefore, all affiliates and State councils of both the NLC and TUC are hereby directed to demobilise, cease any further escalation of the indefinite strike action, and fully resume work tomorrow, Thursday, the 16th day of November 2023.
“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 fulfilment of the remaining agreements.”