The Organised Labour, which comprised the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Tuesday, declared a total nationwide strike effective Tuesday, November 14, 2023.
This was disclosed by the leadership of the two unions after an extraordinary National Executive Council meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.
The resolution followed the brutalisation of the National President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero last week in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Other issues deliberated in the meeting included the review of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Federal Government and the organised labour on October 2, 2023, following the removal of the subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit which the labour centres said has caused “untold hardship” to Nigerians.
Last Friday, the labour unions issued a five-day ultimatum over the earlier arrest of the National President of the NLC, by the police in the state.
The labour centres demanded the redeployment of the commissioner of police in the state and the arrest and prosecution of the aide of the government who was alleged to have perpetrated the attack.
The unions also threatened to embark on a nationwide industrial action if their demands were not met in five days from Friday.
Ajaero, according to the NLC’s Head of Information, Benson Upah, was arrested by the police ahead of the state-wide protest in Imo on Wednesday.
The police command in the state, claimed it did not arrest Ajaero, noting that he was merely taken into protective custody to prevent a mob attack, the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, accused the labour leader of meddling in the political affairs of the state.
The attack on the labour leader has been condemned by many prominent Nigerians and civil society organisations, including the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 elections, Peter Obi, and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana.