United Labour’s strike takes off today, as FG says its illegal

President Muhammadu Buhari and Senator Chris Ngige

A nationwide strike called by a central labour body, the United Labour Congress (ULC) is taking off today.

The union, a breakaway from the NLC, is headed by the General Secretary of National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, Joe Ajaero, and President of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Igwe Achese.

Joining the strike are members of major unions, including National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), National Union of Electricity Employees, National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers as well as National Union of Railway Workers.

Backing out of the strike at the last minute, are workers in the banking and financial institution sector, as well as aviation workers.

But the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have asked both Nigerians and the Presidency to ignore the strike threat, saying the ULC which is organizing it is an unregistered labour union and cannot organise any nationwide strike

The Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment has also declared the strike as illegal.

The ministry said that the union is yet to be recognized by the federation of trade unions, hence cannot speak on behalf of any trade union.

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