Labour Congress: Proposed Strike Not In National Interest – Presidency

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The federal Government has revealed that the proposed nationwide strike by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) is unacceptable and not in the national interest.

The government further described the proposed 14 November strike as illegal, immoral, unjustifiable and irresponsible.

The Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Mr Bayo Onanuga, relayed this in a statement released to State House correspondents on Monday evening.

Mr Onanuga added that the decision by the Organized Labour unions remains an attempt to blackmail the government.

“We notice with dismay the decision by the Nigerian Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress to call out workers to commence a strike action from midnight, despite a restraining order issued last week by Justice Benedict Backwash Kanyip of the National Industrial Court.

“We are still at a loss as to why the NLC and TUC decided to punish a whole country of over 200million people over a personal matter involving the NLC President, Mr Joe Ajaero, whose error of judgement led to an assault on him in Owerri while he was planning to incite the workers in Imo State into a needless strike,” the statement read.