The indefinite strike that began on Tuesday, November 14, was suspended last night, and Organised Labour ordered all affiliated unions to return to work on Thursday.
The National Security Advisor, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, mediated the strike, and some of the individuals responsible for the November 1 brutalization of Comrade Joe Ajaero, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, were arrested. Owerri, the capital of Imo state, was the site of the strike suspension.
The two labour centres announced the conclusion of the indefinite strike through a statement signed by Comrade Emmanuel Ugbaja, the general secretary of the NLC, and Comrade Nuhu Toro, the secretary general of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, or TUC. They stated that the suspension was meant to allow for more
government had met the organized labour’s crucial demands to address the distressing abduction and brutalization of the President of the NLC, Comrade Joe Ajaero, and others.
The statement read: “Sequel to the emergency joint National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the NLC and TUC today, the 15th day of November, 2023 in which a thorough review of the offers presented by the federal government through the National Security Adviser during its earlier meeting with the leadership of both centers was made, a resolution was reached to suspend the ongoing nationwide strike, which commenced on the 14th November, 2023.
“This suspension is intended to facilitate further discussions after the federal
government had met our crucial demands to address the distressing abduction and brutalization of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Joe Ajaero, and
“These incidents occurred at the hands of the Police and Governor Hope
Uzodimma’s thugs in Owerri, Imo state, on the 1st day of November, 2023.
“An apology was tendered on behalf of the government by The NSA, who promised to coordinate the investigation. Some of the perpetrators have been arrested, and we were given high assurances that all others will be fished out and prosecuted.
“High-powered investigation is currently being carried out and the leadership of the labour centers will be briefed continuously as progress is being made.
“We extend our commendation and salute to all affiliates and state councils for their unwavering commitment and tenacity, which contributed to the success of the nationwide strike.
“Therefore, all affiliates and State councils of both the NLC and TUC are hereby directed to demobilize, cease any further escalation of the indefinite strike action, and fully resume work tomorrow, Thursday, the 16th day of November, 2023.
“Once again, we convey our appreciation for your cooperation, resilience, and
determination in ensuring the success of the indefinite nationwide strike.
“We encourage you to remain vigilant as we await the fulfillment of the remaining agreements.”