All affiliates of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Abia State have been instructed to begin an indefinite strike against the state government. On February 27, the President of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Martin Uzoegwu, issued a statement urging NUEE members to join the strike.
Chinoye Mba shared the special government announcement of Abia state on his official Facebook account, which stated that The Government of Abia State had been informed of the existence of two pending Court Orders preventing the Nigeria Labour Congress from going on strike on February 27, 2023, or any other date after that.
Until the motion on notice served on the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Abia State Chapter of the Trade Union in the Ohafia Magisterial District was decided. This prohibition applies to the Nigeria Labour Congress, their agents, privies, or otherwise.
He added that All government employees are instructed to comply with the court as mentioned above and to act calmly and by the law while performing their duties. The government notes that a similar restraining order is still pending in the Owerri Judicial Division of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, the Rebuilder of Abia State, will continue communicating with all relevant institutions including NLC regarding workers’ welfare. However, as a government that upholds the law, they will not permit politicians to politicize the legitimate aspirations of their dear workers.
By this notice, the Courts of Competent Jurisdiction have instructed the Commissioner of Police, the state of Abia, and other security agencies to prevent any person or group acting on behalf of workers in Abia from breaking the law.
In December 1978, four distinct organizations merged to form the Nigerian Labour Congress. the Nigeria Workers’ Council, the United Labour Congress, the Labour Unity Front, and the Nigeria Trade Union Congress (NTUC).
Nigerian utility workers are represented by the trade union known as the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE). When the Nigerian government merged six blocks, the association was established in 1977 as the National Union of Electricity and Gas Workers: Union of African Workers at the E. S. Company.