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NLC, TUC affiliates in Lagos kick off nationwide strike in protest of unresolved workers’ issues



NLC, TUC affiliates in Lagos kick off nationwide strike in protest of unresolved workers' issues

Affiliates of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) in Lagos State have initiated an indefinite nationwide strike, aligning with the directive issued by the two labour unions. The decision, arising from the National Executive Council meeting held on November 13, 2023, in Abuja, was fueled by the perceived negligence of the Federal Government in addressing critical worker-related concerns, including minimum wage, insecurity, corruption, and governance challenges.


The recent crisis in Imo, which reportedly led to the brutalization of NLC President Joe Ajaero and other union members, intensified the unions’ demands. Despite a government warning on November 13, cautioning against the strike as it would violate a restraining order obtained from the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, the unions proceeded with their action.


Speaking on the involvement of the Nigeria Union of Railway Workers in the strike, Segun Esan, the Secretary General, confirmed that no trains were operational as part of the nationwide strike. He emphasized that all railway workers were obliged to participate in the strike, locking down offices, stations, workshops, and the entire premises of the corporation.


In a similar vein, Oluwole Olusoji, President of the Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance, and Financial Institutions, stated that members had received advice on complying with the strike. He urged members to ensure the protection of lives and property, mindful of potential individuals seeking to take advantage of the situation.


“We will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds,” Olusoji affirmed, highlighting the unions’ commitment to tracking developments during the nationwide strike.

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