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  • Updated: June 12, 2024

Nigerians react as Labour mulls nationwide protest, strike

Nigerians react as Labour mulls nationwide protest, strike

Last week, the Nigeria’s Trade Union went on a nationwide strike, which led to a total shut down on the country's power grid, offices, banks, airports, and other key places in the country.

The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress jointly declared nationwide industrial action to press the government to hike minimum wages amid a cost of living crisis.

The unions want the current minimum monthly wage of 30,000 naira to be increased to nearly 500,000 naira, indicating a 1,500 percent increase. Meanwhile, the government has offered N60,000.

However, the labour unions suspended the indefinite strike on Tuesday, June 4, for one week after government officials invited them for negotiations as the industrial action affected power supply for the country’s 200 million people and stranded thousands due to flight cancellations.

The one week suspension of the strike will elapse tomorrow June 12, which has stirred varied reactions from Nigerians as the labour unions have remained mum on the issue, as they are yet to know the stance of the labour unions.

A twitter user, Daniel Regha wrote; "NLC has to be realistic with demands, asking for "N250,000" as minimum wage is ridiculous; This will benefit govt workers but not Nigerians in general as the cost of living will become unbearable. The more minimum wage is increased, the more prices of goods & services will likely increase significantly, which will only lead to more devaluation of the naira, hence back to square one. Think of Nigerians as a whole, not just yourselves. Remember that the new minimum wage won't be implemented in the private sector."

Another user identified as Efedi Benedict said, "When govt increased the price of fuel, they didn't negotiate, when they changed the national anthem they didn't negotiate, when they spent billions of naira on VP building they didn't negotiate, they should know that all their actions have impact on the economy."

Gloria Okonkwo also wrote; "Minimum wage is not the reason cost of goods are high ooooo please do your homework very well. Yes #250k is unrealistic but #100k is not bad with continuous review as time goes on. There's also a need to cut the allowances and benefits of all the leaders.

See screenshot of some of the reactions below:

 

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