BREAKING: NLC, TUC Suspend Nationwide Strike

BREAKING: NLC, TUC Suspend Nationwide Strike

In a significant development, the joint National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

And the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has decided to suspend the ongoing indefinite nationwide strike.

The decision, made during a Wednesday meeting, followed discussions with the Federal Government led by National Security Adviser Nuhu Ribadu.

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The strike, which entered its second day on Wednesday, was initiated in response to the physical assault on NLC President Joe Ajaero and other members during a demonstration in Imo State.

The labour unions cited concerns over the "non-payment of salaries and pensions for 44 months and violation of other labour rights" as the catalyst for the nationwide protest.

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The suspended strike comes after an interface with the Federal Government, where Ribadu assured that individuals responsible for the assault on Ajaero would be prosecuted.

Additionally, the NSA promised to facilitate further negotiations between the labour unions and the government, expressing an unreserved apology for the incident.

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The meeting, held at the office of the National Security Adviser, saw the participation of key figures including TUC President Festus Osifo.

NLC General Secretary Emmanuel Ugboaja, and Minister of Labour and Employment Simon Lalong.

While the strike was temporarily halted, the issues at stake were robustly discussed behind closed doors.

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The labour unions had previously faced legal restrictions, with the National Industrial Court restraining them from proceeding with the strike due to an impasse with the Imo State Government.

The initial trigger for the strike was Ajaero's assault in Imo State, which occurred two weeks ago during a labour rights demonstration.

The incident stirred widespread outrage among organised labour, leading to the demand for the replacement of Imo State Commissioner of Police Mohammed Barde.

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And accountability for Governor Hope Uzodimma, who was seeking re-election.

Governor Uzodimma denied involvement in the attack on Ajaero, emphasizing his lack of connection to the incident.

Despite the governor's denial, the labour unions insisted on the arrest and prosecution of certain gubernatorial aides, threatening a nationwide industrial action if their demands were not met.

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The suspension of the nationwide strike brings a temporary reprieve, with the assurance of government commitment to address the grievances raised by the organised labour.

As the nation watches, the spotlight remains on the impending negotiations between the labour unions and the Federal Government.

Seeking resolution to the longstanding issues affecting workers' rights and welfare.

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