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NLC Mulls Boycott of Meeting with Federal Government

Today’s meeting between the Federal Government and Labor to review the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at preventing the planned October 3 strike is in jeopardy. NLC President Joe Ajaero stated that if Labor Minister Simon Lalong attends the meeting, his team will boycott the discussion, which was arranged by the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President.

The NLC has also confirmed its planned strike in Imo State on Wednesday, protesting unpaid wages and alleged anti-labor practices. However, the National Industrial Court in Owerri has issued an extended interim injunction prohibiting Labor from going on strike, adjourning the matter until Friday for further proceedings.

Ajaero, during a briefing in Abuja, revealed that today’s meeting will assess the progress made by the Federal Government. The NLC accused Lalong last week of trying to undermine the agreement reached with the Federal Government, particularly regarding the resolution of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) crisis.

Ajaero emphasized that Labor’s engagement with the Minister of Labor has been problematic and that meetings are now organized by the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President. The NLC remains firm in its decision to proceed with a strike in Imo on Wednesday, with a total economic shutdown expected. Ajaero cited the state government’s repeated violations of labor agreements as the reason for this action.

The National Industrial Court in Owerri has extended an injunction restraining Labor from striking and warned against disobeying its order. The court granted this extension after considering arguments from both sides.

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