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NLC reaches agreement with Imo Govt, suspends strike for 2 weeks

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has suspended its ongoing strike in Imo State for two weeks to enable government address their needs.

The NLC President, Joe Ajaero, said the congress suspended the strike because of 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.

Ajaero said 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 on-going 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.

Ajaero said in the event that the window of opportunity was not utilised by the state government, the congress would be left with no choice than to resume the suspended strike with more ferocity.

Iwitnesslive recalled that the state chapter of NLC had, on March 9, embarked on the strike over alleged harassment and brutalisation of workers by the state government.

The labour congress also accused the state government 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.


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