JUST IN: Labour orders indefinite shutdown of power supply, flights

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Organized Labour comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress on Tuesday, ordered a shutdown of electricity and fuel supplies in Imo State following the brutalization of the National President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, last week, by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force.

The Labour Centers also directed aviation workers to ensure that flights into and outside the state are suspended.

This is according to one of the decisions taken at the extraordinary National Executive Council meeting summoned by the TUC and NUC on Tuesday afternoon.

“The NEC-in-session orders the immediate withdrawal of services and shutdown of Imo State beginning midnight today. All workers and affiliates are expected to ensure compliance from wherever they are.

All flights into and out of Imo state, fuel supplies and Electricity be stopped immediately as applicable.

All Public and Private Sector workers are to immediately down tools indefinitely,” a communique released at the end of the meeting noted.

The implementation commences at midnight, November 8, 2023.

According to Punch, the Organized Labour, comprising of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, on Friday, issued a five-day ultimatum over the earlier arrest of the National President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, by the police in Owerri, Imo State, on Wednesday.

The labor centers demanded the redeployment of the commissioner of police in the state and the arrest and prosecution of the aide of the government who was alleged to have perpetrated the attack.

The unions also threatened to embark on a nationwide industrial action if their demands were not met in five days from Friday.

Ajaero was arrested by the police ahead of the state-wide protest in Imo on Wednesday. This was disclosed by the NLC’s Head of Information, Benson Upah.

Although the police denied arresting Ajaero, stating that he was merely taken into protective custody to prevent a mob attack, the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, accused the labor leader of meddling in the political affairs of the state.

The attack on the labor leader has been condemned by many prominent Nigerians and civil society organizations, including the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 elections, Peter Obi, and human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN).