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NLC, TUC Workers To Embark on Strike over Attack on President Ajaero

The Oyo State chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have jointly called for a strike on Monday, November 6.

The Oyo State chapters of NLC, and TUC decision come in response to the recent police attack on NLC National President, Comrade Joe Ajaero during a protest in Imo State.

In a press statement signed by Comrade Kayode Martins (NLC Chairperson) and Comrade Bosun Olabiyi Agoro (TUC Chairman), the unions have urged all workers in the state to assemble at the NLC secretariat on Monday for a congress to discuss the strike and other pressing matters.

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The unions have expressed dissatisfaction with the state government’s failure to address their demands, which encompass the implementation of the N35,000 minimum wage, payment of salary deduction arrears, and an increase in pensions.

Their statement read:
“An affront to the fundamental rights and liberties of the Nigerian labour force and an alarming manifestation of the tyrannical tendencies displayed by some State Governments towards the labour movement.

“We, the Oyo State Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), stand united and strongly condemn in totality the recent attack on the National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress by the Nigerian Police in Imo State on Wednesday 2nd November 2023 by the hopeless Government of Hope Uzodinma and Police Force.

“We view this egregious incident as an affront to the fundamental rights and liberties of the Nigerian labour force and an alarming manifestation of the tyrannical tendencies displayed by some State Governments towards the labour movement.

“After the expiration of the ultimatum served on the State Government who are yet to proffer lasting solution to our grievances, all workers should pick all their personal belongings from office on Friday 3rd November 2023 and pensioners in the state are to resume at NLC Secretariat Agodi Gate on Monday 6th November 2023 for the largest congress in the history of Oyo state for further directive.”

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