Banks, Fuel Supply Crippled As Labour Strike Begins

– Essential services in Nigeria are expected to be grounded as workers embark on nationwide strike

– Workers in the petroleum, financial, maritime and other sectors of the economy will be participating in the strike

– The strike is to compel the federal government to announce its figure and ensure completion of work on the new national minimum wage

Following Nigeria labor’s nationwide strike which commences today, Wednesday, September 27, distribution of petroleum products, banking and other essential services are expected to be grounded.

According to Vanguard, the NLC said the strike was called to compel the federal government to announce its figure and ensure completion of work on the new national minimum wage

Associations who will be joining the nationwide strike include: Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), including its Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) branch, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE).

Others are: Association of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI), National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), and Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN).

Workers in the aviation, transportation (railway), construction, manufacturing, hospitals, schools, among others, are expected to also stay away from their duty posts.

Also, public workers in government offices, ministries, departments, agencies, (MDAs) educational institutions, and others are expected to stay at home.

Meanwhile, it had been reported that the governors of the 36 states of the federation reportedly said they will not fall for any blackmail or attempt to stampede them into reaching an agreement on the new minimum wage currently threatening peaceful industrial relations in Nigeria.

The statement by the governors came at a period the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) and its affiliate unions announced commencement of a nationwide industrial action starting from midnight on Wednesday, September 26 to protest the delay in fixing a new minimum wage for public servants.

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