The Federal Government has requested organized labour to call off its ongoing planned strike, which commenced today, Tuesday.
The FG reminded the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress of an order issued by the National Industrial Court, Abuja, on Friday, restraining them from embarking on any strike.
The Court issued the order following an ex-parte application brought before it by the Federal Government through the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Lateef Fagbemi, SAN.
However, organised labour has embarked on a nationwide strike today, defying the court order.
News About Nigeria reports that the NLC announced on Monday the commencement of the strike in defiance of the restraining order issued by the National Industrial Court in Abuja on Friday.
The strike is a result of the brutalisation of the NLC president, Joe Ajaero, in Imo State on November 1, 2023.
Ajaero was attacked in Owerri, the Imo state capital, during a protest by the NLC against the Imo state government’s alleged maltreatment of workers in the state.
Apart from the brutalisation of Ajaero, other grievances of organised labour include outstanding salary arrears, the unjust declaration of 11,000 workers as ghost employees, unsettled gratuities, non-compliance with the N30,000 minimum wage act, and the declaration of 10,000 pensioners as ghost retirees.
The unions, including the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), have fully complied with the directive across the country, as they didn’t show up at their duty posts.