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30 Oct 2018 | 09:29 AM UTC

Nigeria: Nationwide protests October 30; threat to resume strike /update 3

Nigeria News Alert

Labor unions to hold protests nationwide on October 30 and threaten to resume nationwide strike to demand an increase in the minimum wage

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/30/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/6/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Nigeria, Lagos, Abuja

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Event

Several labor unions have called for nationwide protests to take place on Tuesday, October 30, to denounce the government's failure to implement a new national minimum wage within the agreed timeframe. According to local sources, the protests have started in Lagos, along Ikorodu Road, as of 10:00 (local time); similar protests are likely around the State House in Lagos and around the government houses in Abuja. A heightened security presence as well as associated transportation disruptions are likely in major urban centers.

Furthermore, unions have threatened to resume an indefinite strike from November 6. Businesses, schools, and transportation services could all be affected should the strike be held.

Context

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union of Nigeria, and the United Labour Congress launched a nationwide strike from September 27 through September 30, to demand a minimum wage increase from Naira 18,000 (USD 50) to Naira 50,000 (USD 135). Workers from private and public sectors participated in the strike leading to significant service disruptions, including to flight operations. 

Advice

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 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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