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Imo NLC rejects planned strike


The Imo State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has pulled out of the planned strike by the Labour union to occupy Imo State from Wednesday.

The state Acting Chairman of NLC, Rev. Philip Nwansi, made this known while speaking with newsmen in Owerri, the state capital, after meeting with other Labour leaders in the state.

He said organised Labour in Imo would not be part of the planned action because of a subsisting court order stopping the NLC from embarking on any such action.

The Industrial Court sitting in Owerri on October 27 granted an order restraining the NLC from embarking on any industrial action in Imo State.

The NLC chairman said based on the court order, the planned strike code-named: ‘Occupy Imo’ had become illegal.

All the affiliate unions, we are obeying the court order and we urge Imo workers to be at their duty posts tomorrow as law- abiding citizens,” Nwansi said.

He said besides the court order, the organised Labour in Imo State did not see any reason the national body should order a strike.

Imo State workers say no to ‘Occupy Imo’ because we have not found reasons enough for the action,” he said.

Nwansi noted that Labour in Imo State had a cordial relationship  with the state government and wondered why the national body should cry more than the bereaved.

He said since the Labour had no industrial dispute with the state government and since the court had declared the planned strike illegal, workers should go about their duties.


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