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Strike: NLC, TUC Reveal Reasons For Suspending Industrial Action

Strike: NLC, TUC Reveal Reasons For Suspending Industrial Ac

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have officially agreed to suspend their planned nationwide strike, revealing why they agreed to do so.

NLC President Joe Ajaero who previously stated that the union was not aware of the industrial court order halting the strike action justified why the reason for backing down after an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Tuesday.

According to Ajaero, there is a need for national stability in view of the outcome of the 2023 presidential election being challenged in court and the general mood of the citizens.

Speaking via a communique issued after the meeting, NLC accused the National Industrial Court (NIC) of weaponising the instrument of ex-parte injunctions in favour of the government against the interests of Nigerian workers.

“Taking into account that the Federal Government has procured a court injunction restraining congress from proceeding with the proposed nationwide strike as the NEC-in-session had ordered to begin, Wednesday, June 7, 2023, and recognizing the willingness of government for continuous engagement through dialogue and to offer reasonable palliatives in due course to cushion the effect of its policies, some levels of understanding were reached

“Considering the mood of the socio-polity of the last elections and the need to pursue national stability, the NEC-in-session also resolved to commend and applaud the diligence of the congress’ leadership in carrying out the assignment given to it by NEC.

‘’It demonstrated to the Federal Government the need to comply with the laws of the land, especially as it concerns obedience to the ruling of courts and their brazen disregard for the 2023 Appropriation Act.

“NEC-in session, therefore, supports and accepts the decision of the leadership of Congress to suspend the proposed strike in compliance with the flawed rulings of the NIC and also allow negotiations to flow freely and enable final agreement during or after June 19, 2023, negotiation round with the Federal Government.

“The NEC-in- Session, however, registers in strongest terms its disgust and disapproval of the ruling of the National Industrial Court, NIC, for its continuous weaponisation of the instrument of ex-parte injunctions in favour of government against the interests of Nigerian workers, in defiance of the position of the Supreme Court on the use of this instrument.

“All affiliates and state councils of Congress are, hereby, directed to suspend further action and mobilization until the outcome of the final negotiations.

‘’The NEC-in-Session commends all affiliates and state councils on their robust mobilization towards a successful nationwide strike and to also remain vigilant in case there is need to continue”, the communique reads.

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