On Tuesday, November 14, 2023, the entire country came to a standstill as at least twenty affiliate unions of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) joined the nationwide strike called by the Organised Labour.

The unions directed their workers to comply with the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) directive to embark on the indefinite strike, which began on Monday midnight.


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It was the National Executive Council (NEC) that resolved to embark on the strike to protest the attack on the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, in Imo State.

This was after a meeting of the labour unions on Monday, November 13, 2023, in Abuja.

Government Failure

The development resulted from the Federal Government’s alleged failure to address issues affecting workers, such as the minimum wage, insecurity, corruption, and poor governance.


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Also, unions had made some demands, which the government had allegedly failed to address following the recent crisis in Imo that resulted in the assault of Ajaero and other members of the labour unions.

Below are some of the unions that have complied with the directives include.

1. The Academic Staff Union of Universities


2. The Senior Staff Associations of Nigerian Universities

3. The College of Education Academic Staff Union


4. The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics

5. The National Union of Food Beverage and Tobacco Employees

6. The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics

7. The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria

8. National Association of Academic Technologists

9. National Union of Postal and Telecommunication Employees

10. Nigeria Union Of Local Government Employees

11. Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria

12. Nigeria Union of Public Service Reportorial, Secretarial, Data Processors and Allied Workers

13. National Union of Textile Garments and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria

14. National Associations of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives

15. National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees

16. Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria

17. The National Union of Electricity Employees

18. Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria

19. Nigeria Union of Railway Workers

20. Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria


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