The Organised Labour has directed its members to immediately withdraw services and shutdown Imo State indefinitely while public and private workers all over the federation are to withdraw their services by midnight of Tuesday, November 14, if the demands are still unmet.
The declaration was made in a communique issued and co-signed by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Deputy President Adewale Adeyanj and President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Festus Osifo after a joint the National Executive Council meeting of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Abuja, yesterday.
Labour said the decision to embark on an industrial action in Imo State was purely in keeping with its earlier resolution, adding that the government under Hope Uzodimma has continued to abuse the rights and privileges of workers in the state as it had refused to implement earlier agreements entered with the union concerning workers welfare.
On Friday, Labour had announced it would embark on a nationwide strike after President of NLC, Joe Ajaero, was arrested and brutalised in Owerri during a protest.
The labour centres gave some conditions to shelve the strike which included, investigation and deployment of the Commissioner of Police in Imo; sack of the Area Commander of the Police and all other Officers and Men in Owerri through whom the Police Commissioner supervised the the attack; as well as the arrest and immediate prosecution of Mr. Nwaneri Chinasa, aid to Uzodinma.
They also asked for an immediate, independent and unbiased thorough professional medical examination of all victims of the attack; immediate restoration of all properties lost and urgent implementation of all the outstanding Industrial Relations agreements previously entered with the state government.