By G9ija

The Nigeria Labour Congress has suspended its ongoing strike in Imo State for two weeks.

The NLC President, Joe Ajaero, announced the suspension of the industrial action in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state chapter of the NLC had on March 9 embarked on the strike over alleged harassment and brutalisation of workers by the state government.

The labour congress had also accused the state government of refusing to implement the previous agreements reached with the trade unions since 2021, including the 20-month salary arrears owed some workers.

Others, according to the NLC, are non-payment of pensions for several months, non-remittance of check-off dues and other anti-union activities.

Ajaero attributed the suspension of the strike for two weeks to what he called persistent interventions by highly-respected and well-meaning Nigerians from within and outside the state as well as assurances by agents of the state government to make amends.

He also said that the suspension of the industrial action was necessitated by the need to create an enabling environment for citizens to perform their civic duties during the governorship and House of Assembly elections on Saturday.

He said: “On behalf of NLC, I hereby announce the suspension of the on-going strike in Imo State.

“The suspension is expected to last two weeks during which the state government or its agencies are expected to meet up with the demands of the workers in the state.”

The NLC president further stated that in the event that the window of opportunity was not utilised by the state government, the congress would be left with no choice than to resume the suspended strike with more ferocity.