Kwara workers strike,

Minimum wage: Schools, banks, offices shut as Kwara workers join nationwide strike

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Workers in Kwara state under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have joined their counterparts across the country in compliance with the national directive to embark on indefinite strike action. 

The strike action, which took the form of sit-at-home, was aimed to press home their demand for a wage increase.

Tribune Online gathered from Ilorin, the state capital and environs that government offices and parastatals, schools, courts, and some commercial banks, among others, were closed on Monday.

Speaking with journalists shortly after going round to inspect the level of compliance among workers, the NLC chairman in the state, Comrade Murtala Olayinka, expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance.

He said the situation on the ground and the positive response of workers to the directives showed that the people are tired of the government’s attitude towards workers’ welfare.

Comrade Olayinka explained that the union would continue to go around to ensure full mobilization of workers.

According to him, the union adopted the sit-at-home strategy on the strike to prevent possible hijacking of the protest.

He urged the government to urgently do the needful to save workers from suffering.

In his remarks, the chairman of TUC in Kwara state, Comrade Abdulrahman Onikijipa, said the two unions would join hands to ensure the success of the strike, adding that the union chose to stay at home to make the strike liberal.

Comrade Onikijipa appealed to the government at all levels to rethink and save workers from avoidable death.

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