- The nationwide strike called by the leadership of organised labour has grounded activities at the Benin Airport
- The strike caused gridlock within the axis of Airport Road as motorists had a hectic time trying to navigate the area
- The Edo state chairman of the NLC went about monitoring compliance, and expressed satisfaction with what he saw
Activities at the Benin Airport were grounded on Thursday, September 27, as both entry and exit gates were locked, with hundreds of intending passengers stranded, arising from the nationwide strike called by the leadership of organised labour.
Organised labour had on Wednesday, September 26, directed all its affiliates to commence an indefinite warning strike on Thursday to press home its demand for a new national minimum wage, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the strike caused gridlock within the axis of Airport Road as motorists had a hectic time trying to navigate the area.
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While hundreds of intending passengers loitered around both entry and exit gates, security personnel struggled to control both human and vehicular traffic.
Edo chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Emmanuel Ademokun, expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance. He said he and his team were going round to ensure total compliance with the stay-at-home directive of the NLC.
“We want to ensure that workers in the state comply with the directive of the NLC on industrial action. We are not just sitting, but going around to monitor things ourselves.
“I am quite satisfied with what I have seen so far and this will continue until there is a directive from the national secretariat," he stated.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government said that the meeting with organised labour on the minimum wage did not end in deadlock.
The minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said this in a statement issued in Abuja by Samuel Olowookere, the director of press in the ministry.
The minister had 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.
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