NLC Suspends Strike In Imo
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Joseph Ajaero, has suspended the union’s ongoing strike in Imo for two weeks.
Naija News reports that the labour union announced the suspension of the industrial action in a statement issued on Tuesday.
Recall that the Imo State chapter of the NLC had on March 9 embarked on the strike over alleged harassment and brutalisation of workers by the state government.
The labour congress had also accused the state government led by Governor Hope Uzodimma of refusing to implement the previous agreements reached with the trade unions since 2021, including the 20-month salary arrears, owed some workers.
Others, according to NLC, are non-payment of pensions for several months, non-remittance of check-off dues, and other anti-union activities.
But in a statement yesterday, the NLC suspended the strike for two weeks over persistent interventions by highly-respected and well-meaning Nigerians from within and outside the state as well as assurances by agents of the state government to make amends.
According to the NLC, the suspension of the industrial action was necessitated by the need to create an enabling environment for citizens to perform their civic duties during the governorship and house of assembly elections on Saturday.
“On behalf of NLC, I hereby announce the suspension of the ongoing strike in Imo State.
“The suspension is expected to last two weeks during which the state government or its agencies are expected to meet up with the demands of the workers in the state,’’ he said.
The NLC president, however, warned that the union would restart its strike if the issues were not sorted.