IMO: NLC, TUC SHUTDOWN ABUJA AIRPORT IN PROTEST
Written by Tunde Adeyemi on November 9, 2023
Local and international passengers at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport were this Thursday stranded following a mega protest by joint workers unions of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC.
The two Labour centres had shut down the Owerri Airport on Wednesday in a statewide strike, over allegations of unfair labour practices and interference in union activities by the State governor, Hope Uzodinma.
From the NLC Secretariat the workers occupied the shoulder road to the Nnamdi Azikiwe international Airport in Abuja and from the entrance into the Airport, passengers were prevented from gaining access to catch their flights.
From the Airport, the protesters proceeded to the police headquarters to submit their petition.
Addressing the protesters, leader of the protesters and President of the Trade Union Congress, Festus Osifo insist organised labour will not back down until its demands are met.
Other labour leaders said the action in Imo state should sound as a warning to other state government and indeed the federal government who continue to violate workers’ rights.
NLC President, Joe Ajaero was brutalized in Owerri, Imo state capital on November one, when he led workers on a protest over issues of unfair labour practices.
There is palpable apprehension that the industrial action in Imo state may affect voter turnout in the Saturday, November 11, governorship election.