Joe Ajaero, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), emphasized the importance of allowing Nigerian workers to engage in strikes, stating that it is their right.
This statement was made in response to the union’s two-day warning strike, which is to begin on September 5th, as a protest against the government’s failure to address the challenges caused by the removal of fuel subsidies.
Ajaero further expressed that union members have the right to know whether any worker who chooses not to work will face arrest or imprisonment.
In relation to the Industrial Court’s order prohibiting the union from participating in the strike, Ajaero dismissed the matter’s relevance to the court.
The first step is to take over the secretariat of the National Union of Road Transport Workers.They have an authority from the Villa to take over the leadership. It’s unfortunate and even worse than the coup in Niger for you to use the police to take over the secretariat of an industrial union. We therefore give the police 24 hours to pull out to allow them resolve their crisis.
The second step is to engage the labour over the industrial action in relation to the suffering of Nigerian workers. We have given them a long notice.We have given them a warning signal that after the period we are going to embark on an action and we are going to express that right of the worker to wake up and say he he will not go to work.
It is a right that you cannot legislate into its existence. People have the right to work or not to work. We will express it to see whether anybody who decides not to work would be arrested or imprisoned.