Flights Disrupted As Workers Shut Lagos, Abuja Airports

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In a decisive move to press home their demands for a new National Minimum Wage, the organised labour has shut down all entry points of aviation agencies at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

The actions have severely disrupted flight operations, leaving passengers stranded at the entrances of the nation’s busiest airports.

The disruption followed the Aviation unions’ directive to members to withdraw services across all airports in Nigeria, in compliance with a joint directive of NLC and TUC.

On Friday, the organised labour members announced an indefinite nationwide strike, triggered by the Federal Government’s refusal to increase the proposed minimum wage from N60,000. The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero, confirmed that the strike would commence at midnight on Sunday, June 2, 2024.

Reading from a jointly prepared speech with his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Festus Osifo, Ajaero expressed “grave concern and disappointment” over the Federal Government’s failure to finalize and enact a new National Minimum Wage Act. Additionally, they demanded a reversal of the increase in electricity tariffs to N65/kWh.

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