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04 Oct 2019 | 03:11 AM UTC

Nigeria: Labor unions threaten strikes starting October 16 /update 1

Nigeria News Alert

Multiple labor unions threaten to launch nationwide strikes on October 16 if the government fails to resume minimum wage negotiations; associated protests possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/4/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/16/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Nigeria

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) warned on Wednesday, October 2, that nationwide strikes are possible in the coming weeks if the government does not resume minimum wage negotiations. Union leaders met in Abuja on Wednesday to discuss wage negotiations with the Federal Government and issued a statement warning that industrial actions may take place after Wednesday, October 16. According to the unions, the current proposed 11 percent wage increase by the government is not enough to account for the devaluation of the naira and an increase in the prices of essential goods and services. Significant business disruptions are expected if the strikes are held. Associated protests are also possible, particularly in the capital Abuja.


President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new minimum wage law on April 18, 2019. A government committee was established in June to develop plans on structuring salaries for public employees to meet the new requirements.


Individuals in Nigeria are advised to monitor developments to the situation and to avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution. 

The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.


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