Kogi strike: Nigerian workers left jobless by unending action

Image copyright AFP Image caption The strike took place on Monday and into Tuesday, with the country’s largest airlines forced to cancel hundreds of flights One in eight Nigerian workers has lost their jobs…

Kogi strike: Nigerian workers left jobless by unending action

Image copyright AFP Image caption The strike took place on Monday and into Tuesday, with the country’s largest airlines forced to cancel hundreds of flights

One in eight Nigerian workers has lost their jobs since last year’s COVID-19 strike, official data shows.

A total of 11,789 workers went without pay in the weeks preceding the 12-day strike by workers in the state of Kogi.

The government says it paid out about 10bn naira (£27m; $34m) in salary arrears, an allowance of up to 100 per cent.

The strike over salaries, fuel subsidies and power supplies cost the economy more than $5m.

All airlines in the country are affected by the strike

Officials say many will be reinstated but also encouraged to take up new positions.

More than $4bn was the country’s economic loss, the Associated Press reports.

COVID-19 was named after the 1990s demonstration, but this is the first strike since 2017.

Its key demands included the payment of salaries, at least one week off work for all public workers and a change in fuel prices.

The officials say they were met, but they are not satisfied.

The government recently introduced a short-term strategy to ease pressure on fuel prices, and also said it will reinstate the fuel subsidy.

But its hopes of having a unified fuel pricing framework were dashed when the strike ended.

The government is seeking negotiations with the Labour union to give workers their bonuses.

Commenting on the strike, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) vice president, Joe Ajaero, said the failure of the government to implement the promise it made made it “a sign of deeper rot in governance”.

Image copyright Okey Ndiribe Image caption Also affected by the strike were international airlines Nigeria’s Arik and Air Peace

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