Strike: NLC President, Ajaero Reacts Over Accusation of Taking Bribe From Tinubu Govt

Strike: NLC President, Ajaero Reacts Over Accusation of Taking Bribe From Tinubu Govt

by Victor Ndubuisi

Joe Ajaero, the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has refuted claims that the government offered the labour leaders money to call off the recently scheduled statewide strike.

Ajaero argued that people disseminating such ideas are ignorant of how industrial relations and labour law actually work.

According to, organised labour on Monday put a halt to its planned indefinite strike over the elimination of the petrol subsidy and its dispute with the government over palliatives to lessen the impact of the policy.

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Following the suspension, there were claims that the union had compromised with President Bola Tinubu’s administration.


The NLC president, however, refuted this allegation in an interview with Vanguard that was published on Sunday, claiming that anybody who made such claims ran the risk of facing legal action.

He asserts that people making such claims are labour illiterates because there was no justification for continuing the strike after the government made offers and agreements were signed.

He said: “Well, you see people use some words because nobody is taking them to court. What is the meaning of sell out? Those critics were not there when we started and they are not the people that have our mandate.

“What we have are people who have no business, and who are illiterate in terms of labour issues. In every labour issue, there is always a demand. When a demand is met, an agreement is signed. I have never heard where Labour continuing an action after agreements are signed.

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“Mention one critic there that is schooled in either labour or industrial relations practice anywhere in the world. So, when they say sellout, what did you sell out, how much did they buy it, who is the person that bought it? So, these are some of the careless statements that portray some people as illiterates on the subject matter.”



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