Labour unrest in Nigeria aimed at the military Government is growing. On Thursday (6 February)?
Labour unrest in Nigeria aimed at the military Government is growing. On Thursday (6 February) public transport in Lagos came to a standstill as two thousand workers joined the current strikes in Nigeria for increased wages.
The granting of wage increases ranging from 30 to 133 percent for public servants sparked the unrest in the private sector.
Wildcat strikes broke out. Factory workers, bank clerks and transport workers joined in to press their case for a flow-on of the Government increase. Mineworkers and bank clerks finally settled for a 200 percent increase and went back to work. Textile workers were also given a large increase ... backdated four months ... and they too went back to work.
When other strikers saw these settlements they became more determined to stay out. They want employers to match the public servants' increase.
The wave of strikes has resulted in violence. There are claims that soldiers have beaten up strikers and anti-Government feeling has been heightened by the actions of troops who took over the running of essential services.