The National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero, was reportedly apprehended by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.
The arrest took place at the state secretariat of the congress, with Ajaero subsequently taken to an undisclosed location. The NLC’s Head of Information, Benson Upah, confirmed this information, revealing that armed police officers detained Ajaero.
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This incident comes in the context of the NLC’s plans to mobilize its members for a total strike in Imo State, scheduled to begin on November 1, 2023. During a press briefing on Sunday, Ajaero accused the Imo State Government of violating the rights of Nigerian workers in the state. He criticized Governor Hope Uzodimma for neglecting workers’ welfare, non-payment of salaries, and various infractions against workers, including the refusal to implement previous agreements, outstanding salary arrears, unjust declarations of workers and pensioners as ghost workers, and unsettled gratuity arrears.
Ajaero also raised concerns about the non-compliance with the national minimum wage and the state government’s resistance to using social dialogue and collective bargaining to address these issues.
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