By Sabiu Abdullahi
In a show of solidarity, nineteen influential unions have thrown their weight behind the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), declaring an indefinite nationwide strike.
This unanimous decision, forged during the National Executive Council meeting on November 13, 2023, in Abuja, echoes a resolute call for the protection of workers’ rights.
The impetus behind this joint action lies in the perceived indifference of the Federal Government toward critical issues affecting workers—ranging from disputes over the minimum wage to escalating concerns about insecurity, corruption, and governance challenges.
The recent turmoil in Imo, marked by the alleged mistreatment of NLC President Mr. Joe Ajaero and fellow union members, served as a poignant catalyst for change.
Among the unions lending their collective voice to the cause are:
Academic Staff Union of Universities.
Senior Staff Associations of Nigerian Universities.
College of Education Academic Staff Union.
Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics.
National Union of Food Beverage and Tobacco Employees.
Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics.
Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria.
National Association of Academic Technologists.
National Union of Postal and Telecommunication Employees.
Nigeria Union Of Local Government Employees.
Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria.
Nigeria Union of Public Service Reportorial, Secretarial, Data Processors and Allied Workers.
National Union of Textile Garments and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria.
National Associations of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives.
National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees.
Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria.National Union of Electricity Employees.
Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria.
Nigeria Union of Railway Workers.