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Organised Labour Threatens Nationwide Strike if Leaders are Charged to Court

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Organised Labour Threatens Nationwide Strike if Leaders are Charged to Court
The organised labour in Nigeria has issued a fresh warning, stating that it may declare a nationwide strike if its leaders are charged to court for contempt. The labour movement demands the immediate withdrawal of what it describes as "litigious terrorism" by the Federal Ministry of Justice. The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to embark on a comprehensive strike if the court summons are not withdrawn by Friday, August 11, 2023. The NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had earlier suspended the nationwide protest.

The organised labour in Nigeria has issued a fresh warning, stating that it may declare a nationwide strike if its leaders are charged to court for contempt. The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) demanded the immediate withdrawal of what it describes as "litigious terrorism" by the Federal Ministry of Justice before the end of work on Friday, August 11, 2023. Failure to do so could result in a nationwide comprehensive strike beginning on Monday, August 14, 2023. This move comes barely 24 hours after the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) suspended their nationwide protest.

In a communiqué jointly signed by the NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, and General Secretary, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, the labour movement warned against contempt charges being filed by the federal government through the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN). The NLC affirmed its decision to suspend further protest, emphasizing its commitment to holding the government accountable and the necessity of vigilance in demanding action on key worker demands.

During a meeting with President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday, the NLC highlighted areas of concern, including the need for an immediate restructuring of the framework for dealing with the consequences of petrol price hikes. President Tinubu personally guaranteed action on these demands, assuring the NLC of a December start date for production at the Port Harcourt Refinery and promising agreement on the Wage Award for Nigerian workers. Moreover, a workable roadmap for the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as an alternative to petrol will be unveiled next week.

While the NLC commended the national leadership and state officers for coordinating the protests effectively, it urged all affiliates, state councils, and civil society allies to stay focused and vigilant, maintaining the necessary pressure on the government to fulfill its promises. The NLC and TUC had previously threatened to resume the nationwide protests if the federal government failed to address the contemptuous court summons.

With the labour movement's warning of a nationwide strike, the federal government will face significant pressure from organized workers if the charges are not dropped. As Nigerians await the outcomes of these developments, it remains to be seen how the government will respond to the demands and grievances of the labour movement.

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