- The NLC on Wednesday, September 26, declared a total strike following its minimum wage issue with the federal government
- Some Lagosians were on Thursday, September 27, seen trekking as a result of the development
- Moreover, workers at the Ikeja local government office were denied access to the building
Commuters were seen trekking along Ipaja Road in Lagos on Thursday, September 27, following a declaration of nationwide strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over minimum wage issue with the federal government.
The action by the NLC led to difficulty and increased prices on transportation as there is scarcity of commercial buses to take persons to their destinations.
Added to this, workers at the Ikeja local government office in Lagos were shut out and denied access to the premises on Thursday, September 27.
It was the same case with workers at the Lagos state secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja. Entrances to the secretariat were blocked by buses of Trade Union Congress (TUC) while staff were not allowed in.
However, the federal government, through the minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has said that the meeting with the NLC on the minimum wage did not end in a deadlock.
Ngige said this in a statement issued in Abuja by Samuel Olowookere, the director of press in the ministry
NAIJ.com gathered that the minister met with labour leaders who were part of the tripartite committee on the new national minimum wage to give them an update on government ’s position.
Moreover, in an earlier post, NAIJ.com reported that the NLC had declared the starting of an indefinite warning strike to press the President Muhammadu-led administration to adopt a new minimum wage for workers.
NAIJ.com reported that the strike would start in the midnight of Wednesday, September 26. NLC's sister labour group, the Trade Union Congress, had earlier on Tuesday, September 25, announced it would begin strike from the early hours of Thursday, September 27, following the federal government’s failure to honour its ultimatum on the new minimum wage.
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