By Chijioke Kingsley
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and its affiliates including the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday, began a nationwide strike, in defiance to a restraining court order barring them from embarking on the industrial action. https://sundiatapost.com/nationwide-strike-nlc-tuc-lagos-affiliates-comply/
The two major labour unions, NLC and TUC, had declared the strike, following the brutalisation of the NLC president, Joe Ajaero, in Imo State on 1 November. Mr Ajaero was attacked in Owerri, the state capital, during an NLC protest against the Imo State government over alleged maltreatment of workers in the state.
The unions on Monday directed their members to down tools across the country as from Tuesday.
This is despite the restraining order issued by the National Industrial Court, in Abuja, on Friday, stopping the labour unions from embarking on the strike.
However in Jos the Plateau State Capital, there were partial compliance as Banks and other NLC member organizations are seen carrying out their normal day to day activities. https://sundiatapost.com/nlc-president-ajaero-narrates-ordeal-in-hands-of-police-imo/
Although the State Secretariat was seen picketed by the State NLC chapter, locking workers outside the gate this morning.
Also, the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JED), was also picketed with only senior staff seen around the electricity headquarters.
Students and lecturers were also sighted at the University of Jos attending normal lectures but the ASSU Unijos Chairman, Comrade Jurbe Joseph Molwus told our correspondent that the union is in total solidarity with the NLC.
Observers however said most institutions and government agencies that did not comply with the strike on Tuesday, might be forced to join the industrial action from tomorrow, our correspondent gathered.