The Worker’s Day in Imo State did not entirely go well. In fact, it has caused a very serious problem in the state.

The Organised Labour in Imo State has declared an indefinite strike after their Workers’ Day celebration was disruption.


The Organised Labour comprises of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other affiliate unions.


The industrial action was made known in a statement jointly signed by Emmanuel Ugboaja, NLC general secretary, and Nuhu Toro, TUC secretary general.

State Sponsored Thugs

The labour unions allege that “the violent disruption” of the celebration was caused by state-sponsored thugs.


According to the unions, the decision to embark on strike was reached on Monday night at the end of an emergency joint central working committee meeting.

To the unions, some workers sustained various degrees of injuries, as a result of the attack.

They accused the Imo State government of “grossly violating the rules of engagement”.

“Consequently, the joint CWC resolved as follows: To withdraw the guarantee of industrial peace in Imo state.


“To embark on a comprehensive shutdown of Imo state beginning from Wednesday the 3rd of May, 2023.

Withdrawal Of Services

“That all affiliates of both the NLC and TUC in Imo state are to, therefore, withdraw their services beginning from 12 midnight on Tuesday.


“It will remain so until the state government restores and guarantees the protection of lives and properties of workers in the state.”

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Furthermore, the NLC and TUC stated that they would monitor the compliance of affiliates with the decisions and would not hesitate to escalate it nationwide if positive results were not achieved within days.

Marathon Struggle

The unions also asked the state government to sign the agreement reached with workers in March.

“We hold the governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, responsible for any further harm done to any worker in the state now or during the industrial action.

“TUC and NLC will do whatever it takes to protect the lives and properties of workers.

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“We, therefore, advise all residents of Imo state to stock up on necessities because we are prepared for a marathon struggle.”



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