Labour strike: Jinxed anxiety and feelings in many states - SyCtRenDs



Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Labour strike: Jinxed anxiety and feelings in many states

Ahead of the nationwide strike the organised labour threatened over a new national minimum wage, there were mixed feeling and uncertainty yesterday in the states.

While some residents of Lagos State were seen going about their normal daily activities, others engaged in panic buying of foodstuffs.

Also there were long queues at some filling stations within Ikeja axis, according to checks by our correspondents.

Some bank workers said they were advised to come to work today.

In Ibadan, Oyo state, there was calm as people went about their daily activities.

In Ogun State, there was panic as people rushed to withdraw money from banks.

There were indications that foreign airlines operating into Nigeria might not be affected.

President of Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Comrade Illitrus Ahmadu gave the hint yesterday in a chat with newsmen, saying the foreign carriers might be exempted as the issue on ground was a domestic matter.

Aviation unions had issued notice of strike to ground all aviation related services in compliance with the national strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

Residents of Asaba and environs in Delta State, yesterday abandoned offices and besieged commodity markets, shopping malls and bank galleries  to stockpile foodstuffs and make withdrawals that could last them awhile.

Daily Trust checks at the popular Ogbe-ogonogo and other commodity markets witnessed unprecedented congestion and beehive of activities of transactions between traders and customers of diverse wares.

The situation remained normal in Osun State yesterday as there was no sign of panic buying.

Fuel stations were selling without any queue.

In Kaduna, residents stormed markets to stockpile  foodstuffs.

Many banks in Kaduna metropolis closed at 1pm to balance their books in case the strike took place as customers trooped to the Automatic Tells Machines (ATM) to withdraw money.

The Rivers State branch of Civil Servants Union said that it was not going back on the strike.

The state chairman of the union, Lili  West, said the strike was the only way their plight  would be presented to the government.

He called on the members to ignore any threat and stay in their houses.

Meanwhile, residents of Port Harcourt have expressed anger over the situation..

A resident, Ibukumi Jack, said that the strike would cause hardship in the state.

He said frequent strikes in the past had not achieved any desired result.

He called on the organised labour to go back to the negotiation table.

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