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Labour Shutdown IMO Airport Over Disruption of May Day Commemoration

The Nigeria Labour Congress has announced its decision to paralyse aviation sector in Imo State over the disruption of May Day celebrations in the State.

It added that, its Lagos State Council has been ordered to begin immediate mobilisation of its affiliate unions in aviation sector in order to prevent any flight from leaving Lagos State for Owerri, Imo State capital.

The General-Secretary of the NLC, Emmanuel Ugboaja, who disclosed this in an official letter to Lagos branch of the Congress, directed that the action begins tomorrow (Wednesday) by 12 midnight.

It could be recalled that Nigerian workers across the country joined it’s counterparts all over the world to celebrate workers’ day also known as May Day.

But there was a violent disruption of celebrations in Owerri, the Imo State over a yet-to-be-resolved issue that arose from election of NLC in April where the State governor, Hope Uzodinma, was accused of interfering in the Congress affairs.

Speaking on Monday development, Ugboaja said an emergency meeting of Central Working Committee of the NLC was immediately summoned shortly after the May Day celebrations was disrupted.

His letter partly read, “As a result of the violent disruption of our May Day celebrations in Imo state yesterday by the Imo state Governor, an emergency CWC meeting of the NLC and TUC was held yesterday at the National Headquarters.

“It was resolved that we embark on a comprehensive industrial action against the State Government beginning from Wednesday the 3th day of May, 2023

“Consequently, as part of our effort to enforce compliance, you are kindly requested to work with the TUC and other affiliates especially those in the aviation sector to ensure that no flight leaves the Lagos Airport to Owerri, Imo state starting from 12 Midnight today.

“Ensure that you put all effort to achieve full compliance. Do remain assured of the commitment of the leadership of the congress towards the protection of workers in all parts of this country.”

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