The labour unions in Nigeria have declared a nationwide strike from midnight on November 14, 2023, to demand better governance and workers’ rights.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) announced this on Monday in Abuja.
The TUC President, Festus Osifo, told journalists that the strike would continue until the government at all levels address the issues affecting the country.
He said the strike was also a reaction to the assault on the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, and some other union leaders in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, on November 1.
Ajaero was reportedly arrested by the police before a planned protest in Imo, according to the NLC’s Head of Information, Benson Upah.
The police denied arresting Ajaero, saying he was only taken to a safe place to avoid a mob attack. However, the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, accused Ajaero of interfering in the political matters of the state.