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Why We Ceased Further Escalation Of Strike — NLC, TUC After Meeting With NSA, Nuhu Ribadu

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NLC President Joe Ajaero and TUC President Festus Osifo





Leadership of the organised Labour in Nigeria, have revealed why they decided to direct workers to resume work this morning, November 16, 2023, suspending its nationwide indefinite strike that commenced on Nov. 14.

Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja, General Secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and Mr Nuhu Toro, Secretary General, Trade Union Congress (TUC), conveyed the directive via a statement they jointly signed and released in Abuja.

“The NEC in session had a thorough review of the offers presented by the Federal Government through the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu.

“We found the offers credible and decided to reconsider our action,” they said.

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It would be recalled that the organised labour earlier met with the NSA and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong.

“After the meeting, we directed all affiliates and State councils of both the NLC and TUC to demobilise, cease any further escalation of the indefinite strike action.

“We fully resume work tomorrow, Thursday, the 16th day of November, 2023,” the statement said.

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It added that a resolution was reached to suspend the ongoing nationwide strike, which commenced on the 14th November, 2023.

According to the statement, the suspension is intended to facilitate further discussions after the federal government had met crucial demands.

“We expect government to address the distressing abduction and brutalisation of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero, and others.

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“These incidents occurred in the hands of the Police and Gov. Hope Uzodimma’s thugs in Owerri, in Imo, on the 1st day of November, 2023,” the statement recalled.

It noted that an apology was tendered on behalf of the government by the NSA, who promised to coordinate the investigation.

It added that some of the perpetrators had been arrested while others would be fished out and prosecuted.

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The statement said that high-powered investigation was currently being carried out and the leadership of labour centres would be briefed continuously as progress is being made.

He commended all affiliates and state councils for their unwavering commitment and tenacity that made the strike a success.

“Once again, we convey our appreciation for your cooperation, resilience and determination in ensuring the success of the indefinite nationwide strike.

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“We encourage you to remain vigilant as we await the fulfilment of the remaining agreements,” the statement said.

(NAN)

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