The Organised Labour Strike is “Illegal and Premature” – Police Warn

The Nigeria Police Force has declared that the indefinite strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) is “illegal and premature”.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the warning was issued by the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, through the force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi.

He warned that the strike could lead to increased tension, political instability, and a breakdown of law and order. He therefore urged labour leaders to return to the negotiation table and shelve the strike with immediate effect.

Egbetokun said: “The NPF views this action as a potential catalyst for increased tension and political instability. We urge organised labour to proceed with the ongoing deliberations at the Tripartite Committee, focused on determining a new minimum wage, and shelve the planned strike to prevent untold hardships on members of the public and maintain order and stability within our country.”

The police assured the public of ample deployments across the country to ensure citizens can go about their lawful duties without hindrance.

While acknowledging labour’s right to engage in strike actions, the force said it is important to adhere to existing laws governing such activities to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

The police’s stance comes as the labour unions demand a new national minimum wage and a reversal of the recent hike in electricity tariffs.

The strike which began on Monday (today) has paralyzed economic activities nationwide, with the citizens bearing the brunt of the standoff between the government and labour unions.

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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