The federal government of Nigeria is currently in a meeting with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) over the ongoing strike. This meeting is taking place in the National Security Adviser (NSA) office, Nuhu Ribadu.
Simon Lalong, minister of labour and Nkeiruka Onyeajeocha, minister of state are both in attendance. Festus Osifo, president of TUC, Emmanuel Ugboaja, NLC secretary general and other labour leaders are also in attendance.
Workers commenced a nationwide strike on November 14 to protest against the alleged brutality of Joe Ajaero, president of NLC, in Imo state. Remember that Ajaero was reportedly picked up from the Imo council secretariat of the congress in Owerri by heavily armed police officers.
But the Imo police command denied the allegation, noting that the NLC president was taken into protective custody to avoid being lynched by a mob.
On November 5, the national industrial court in Owerri, the capital of Imo, issued an order restraining labour unions from embarking on a strike in the state. Also, the federal government secured an order restraining the unions and their affiliates from embarking on the strike.
Despite the court orders, the labour unions directed their members to proceed with the strike.
In a statement, the NSA had said he was worried about the implications of the strike on Nigerians and its impact on the economy and security of the country. He called on the labour unions to call off their nationwide strike, noting that investigation into the assault on Ajaero in Imo, has commenced.