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Nationwide Strike: NLC locks workers, visitors out of National Assembly

The organised labour on Tuesday, stormed the National Assembly to enforce a nationwide industrial action over an assault on its president, Joe Ajaero.

Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), locked out National Assembly staff as well as visitors from the complex.

It was gathered that as of 12:23pm, all the gates into the complex were under lock and key, and nobody was allowed to go in or come out of offices, including visitors.

Many workers were seen stranded at the entrance of the National Assembly, however, lawmakers who had earlier on made it into both chambers were going ahead with their parliamentary duties.

The strike is coming on the instructions of the NLC after its national executive council meeting held on Monday, directing all affiliates of the Congress to strictly comply.

The NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC) had taken the decision after their joint meeting in Abuja, prompted by alleged infractions and encroachments of the rights of workers, the assault on the NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero and the continued refusal of government to implement agreements, non-payment of backlog of salaries, pensions, discriminatory payment of salaries and non-compliance to national minimum wage.

Executive members of MWUN directed its members to shut down the ports on Tuesday morning in compliance with the directive.

Electricity workers shut down the national grid following the declaration of an indefinite strike by organised labour unions. Some parts of Abuja, the nation’s capital and its environs are already experiencing a blackout.

The spokesperson for Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, Ndidi Mbah, explained that the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), followed directives of the Nigeria Labour Congress and withdrew their services around 11:20am.

She said; “Electricity workers are NLC members; they’ve followed the directive by organised labour to withdraw their services from Tuesday”.