Nigerian workers, tube drivers in London on strike over pay dispute
London, September 27, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Striking workers in Nigeria on Thursday paralysed activities in all the offices at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja on the first day of a nationwide industrial action called by the labour unions to pressure government to implement new minimum wage in the country
Meanwhile, in London, tens of thousands of commuters. particularly users of Piccadilly line endure a second day of misery since the commencement of a 48-hour strike on the Piccadilly line.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Union launched a 48-hour walkout from midday on Wednesday in a row over industrial relations.
Replacement bus to ease the devastating effect of tube drives strike in London (ES)
The Piccadilly line, one of London’s busiest networks and a vital transport link for Heathrow Airport, will be hit by a further five-hour strike from 8.30pm on Friday
Reports monitored in Nigeria show a strong compliance with the nationwide strike most noticeable in the ever busy cities of Lagos and Abuja where most workers did not report for work.
A few of the workers who reported for work were however seen sitting idly at the gates of their various offices as security was beefed up at most sensitive government offices the to forestall breakdown of law and order.
In Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital, some of the offices affected were the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health among others. At the complex housing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the flag of the Nigeria Labour Congress was hoisted on the main gate which remained closed to workers.
The big car park located behind the Eagles Square meant being used by workers was virtually empty. Those who sell N100 ticket for those who park their cars inside the car park were however on duty. “Hunger will kill me if I should go on strike,” one of them told our correspondent who asked why he did not join the industrial action. The industrial action also affected petty traders who are usually patronised by the workers.
Most hit were food vendors who have their shops inside the car park. When our reporter visited the shops, only a handful of them were operational. Those who were operating were only offering skeletal services. Those who spoke to Punch said “We only cooked small food since we heard about the strike before now.
We did not cook any ‘swallow,’ we only cooked rice. “In fact, since others are closing, we are also planning to leave now, “Amarachi, an attendant in one of the food shops told out correspondent. Despite the industrial action, however, military and para-military officials were seen taking part in the rehearsal for the Independence Day Parade at the Eagle Square.