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01 Oct 2018 | 12:43 AM UTC

Nigeria: Labor unions call off nationwide strike September 30 /update 2

Nigeria News Alert

Labor unions call off nationwide strike on September 30; normal operations expected to resume October 2 following federal holiday October 1

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/30/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/5/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Nigeria

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On Sunday, September 30, labor leaders announced that they were calling off the nationwide strike launched on September 27 in response to a commitment by the government to move forward on reexamining the national minimum wage. Workers are expected to resume work on Tuesday, October 2, as October 1 is a federal holiday (Independence Day). Commercial and service disruptions associated with the holiday are therefore to be expected on Monday, with operations expected to fully return to normal on Tuesday. A committee meeting on the matter is expected on Thursday and Friday, October 4-5; further strikes remain possible in the coming weeks if the unions are not satisfied with the results of the meeting. 


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union of Nigeria, and the United Labour Congress launched a nationwide strike on September 27 to demand a significant increase to the national minimum wage. Workers from private and public sectors were asked to participate in the strike. Major service disruptions, including to flight operations, were reported during the work stoppage. 


Individuals present in Nigeria are advised to monitor developments to the situation and to anticipate a possible resumption in service disruptions in the event of further strike actions. All protests or other large public gatherings should be avoided due to the risk of violence.  

In general, the security environment in Nigeria is complex and is particularly challenging in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to such areas.


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