The National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero, has reportedly been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
According to Benson Upah, the Head of Information for the NLC, Ajaero was apprehended at the state secretariat of the congress on Wednesday and his current whereabouts are unknown.
This comes after the NLC announced plans to organize a strike in Imo state starting today, November 1, 2023.
Ajaero had previously accused the Imo State Government of violating the rights of Nigerian workers and neglecting their welfare, resulting in the death of several workers due to unpaid salaries.
He outlined some of the infractions against workers by Uzodimma, including the alleged refusal to implement previous agreements especially the accord reached on January 9, 2021, outstanding salary arrears of about 20 months, unjust declaration of workers as ghost workers, declaration of pensioners as ghost workers and unsettled gratuity arrears, among others.
According to him, approximately 10,000 pensioners have been wrongly labelled as ghost pensioners resulting in over 22 months of unpaid pensions while about 11,000 workers have been branded by the Imo State Government as ghost workers.
The NLC president also lamented the non-compliance with the national minimum wage by the state government, adding that Governor Uzodinma has resisted the use of social dialogue and collective bargaining to resolve the issues.