Nigerian Labour Unions Summon Emergency Meeting

The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have summoned an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting to review the modalities of the planned nationwide strike following the brutalisation of the National President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero.

The NEC meeting will also review the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Federal Government and the Organised Labour on October 2, 2023, following the removal of the subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol.

The unions have accused the government of causing “untold hardship” to Nigerians with the removal of the subsidy, and have threatened to embark on a nationwide industrial action if their demands are not met.

The PUNCH, a leading Nigerian newspaper, reports that the unions issued a five-day ultimatum on Friday over the earlier arrest of Ajaero by the police in Owerri, Imo State.

The unions have 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.

The attack on Ajaero 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, Mr Femi Falana (SAN).

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