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Nigeria left without electricity due to union strike

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During the strike, workers shut down the national electricity grid and forced operators out of a major transmission station.

In Nigeria, major trade unions will go on strike on June 3, demanding higher wages. The action led to power outages and the operation of major airports was affected. The AP reported it.

It was noted that during the strike, workers shut down the national power grid and evicted operators from a major power transmission station. Workers sent to restore power were not allowed in the station.

Civil servants either did not go to work or blocked entrances to offices, especially at the airports of the capital Abuja and the economic center of Lagos.

According to the Nigerian Labor Congress, which together with the Trade Union Congress represents hundreds of thousands of public servants in key sectors, wages should meet the living wage.

Unions are demanding that the minimum monthly wage of 30,000 naira ($20) be increased to nearly 500,000 naira ($336). The government is proposing an increase to 60,000 naira ($40).

Information Minister Mohamed Idris said that if the unions’ demands were met, the state wage fund would have to be increased by 9.5 trillion ($6.3 billion), which could “weaken the economy.”

Since Nigerian President Bola Tinubu removed fuel subsidies in May, gas prices in the country have reportedly more than doubled, driving up public transport fares and commodity prices. The Tinubu government also devalued the naira currency to encourage foreign investment, causing the price of basic commodities to rise. Inflation in the country reached a record level in 28 years.

Let’s remember that last year in Germany, thousands of flights were canceled due to a strike by the GDL drivers’ union.

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