Nationwide strike: Federal, state secretariats, banks, shut in Ibadan

Nationwide strike: Federal, state secretariats, banks, shut in Ibadan

- The indefinite strike declared by Labour Union is very effective in some areas

- In Ibadan, Oyo state, the federal and state secretariats were deserted as workers obeyed the sit-at-home order

- While some commercial banks complied with the directive, others went about their normal business

Workers deserted both the federal and state secretariats in Ibadan, Oyo state, on Thursday, September 27, in compliance with the seven-day warning strike declared by the organised labour.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some commercial banks in Ibadan metropolis also shut down their activities in compliance with the directive by the labour groups.

NAN reports that the three labour groups: Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and United Labour Congress , had directed workers to proceed on a seven-day warning strike effective from Thursday.

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The labour unions had issued the directive after the expiration of a 14-day ultimatum given to the government to announce and implement the new national minimum wage as promised.

A NAN correspondent, who visited the federal and state secretariats in Ibadan reported that both secretariats were deserted as workers obeyed the sit-at-home order. NAN reports that the entry gates of the secretariats were locked.

A security operative in one of the banks told NAN that customers could only use the ATMs, saying that activities in the banking hall had been shut down in compliance with the warning strike.

However, some commercial banks and filling stations across the metropolis went on with their normal duties.

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In a previous report, the organised labour on Thursday, September 27, shut down offices of aviation agencies at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos to press home their demands for the implementation of a new National Minimum Wage.

However, this action did not affect flight operations at the nation’s busiest airport as airlines and passengers went about their respective businesses without harassment from the unions.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) had called for the warning strike over non-implementation of the national minimum wage.

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