Nigeria's organized labor has brought an end to its nationwide strike today, which was initiated on Tuesday. Following a meeting on Wednesday, the NLC and TUC, the country's two prominent labor unions, declared the strike and subsequently announced its suspension. The National Security Adviser had requested negotiations, which ultimately led to the suspension.
The motive behind the strike was triggered by an attack on the NLC president, and one of the unions' stipulations for terminating the strike was seeking justice for this incident. However, the union leaders have announced that the government has assured them that their demands will indeed be met.
Consequently, the unions have swiftly instructed their members to resume work on Thursday. It is worth noting that despite a court order to cease the strike, the unions chose to proceed with their industrial action.
In response, the government dubbed the strike as both illegal and unwarranted.The Attorney-General of the Federation has advised unions against going on strike and urged them to comply with a court order. The office has warned that defying the court order and engaging in contemptuous behavior would not be tolerated.
As reported by PREMIUM TIMES, workers in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and other states began the strike on Tuesday. The strike has gained momentum, prompting the intervention of the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, on Wednesday.
Ribadu appealed to the labor unions to put an end to the strike and announced the arrest of individuals suspected of assaulting the labor leader. Zakari Mijinyawa, the spokesperson for the NSA, stated that the findings of the investigation would be released to the public upon completion.
It was also mentioned that the NSA promptly intervened upon learning about the assault on the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress and expressed regret over the incident. The NSA condemned the act as it contradicts the principles of the rule of law and the freedom of association and expression promoted by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his administration.