The NLC’s decision comes in response to a lawsuit filed against organised labour by the government, which the union perceives as an act of suppressing democracy.
During the NLC’s National Executive Council meeting held in Abuja on Thursday, National President Joe Ajaero and National Secretary Emanuel Ugboaja, both voiced their concerns and accused the Ministry of Justice and the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) of being “anti-democracy” agents.
The union leaders expressed their discontent over what they see as the government’s use of the judiciary to undermine the rights of workers.
In an official statement, the NLC demanded an immediate withdrawal of the litigation by the Federal Ministry of Justice before the end of the working day on Friday, August 11, 2023.
The NLC stressed that if the contemptuous court summons is not withdrawn, the union would commence a nationwide comprehensive strike starting from Monday, August 14, 2023.
The impending strike has raised concerns across the nation, as it could have far-reaching effects on various sectors of the economy and daily life.
The NLC has been a powerful voice for workers’ rights, and this latest move underscores their determination to protect the interests of Nigerian workers.
Political Analyst Sam Amadi, based in Abuja, acknowledged the impact of the one-day nationwide protests conducted by organised labour.
He urged the labour leaders to hold the government accountable and ensure that promises made are kept.