Bank Workers Join as Nationwide Strike Enters Second Day
The ongoing nationwide strike continues today, with workers in the banking sector, joining the action which partially crippled the economy on Tuesday.
Public schools, most of government offices, courts, except appeal courts, and seaports were shut down on the first day of the strike.
But aviation workers backed out of the strike.
The strike was called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to protest the brutalization of the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, while leading a workers protest recently in Imo State.
TUC President, Festus Osifo, on Tuesday said the strike would continue until federal government yield to their demand to prosecute all those involved in the manhandling of Ajaero.
Most of the workers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the government should be magnanimous enough to apologise to the workers on the attack meted out to the NLC President, Ajaero.
They said that the purported decision of the government to approach court to stop the strike would not help the situation.
The workers however said that they would continue with the strike until the government does on the needful.
Speaking with journalists in Ilorin Tuesday on the strike, the chairman of the NLC in the state, Comrade Saheed Olayinka, said that the workers in the state complied with the directive of the national secretariat of the NLC to commence the nationwide strike.
He said that a committee had been put in place by the NLC to monitor the strike, adding that members of the committee had been going round the offices to ensure that workers comply with the directive.
Olayinka said that the strike would be more effective, as the monitoring committee of the congress would start picketing the offices of the workers that did not comply with the NLC directive.
The telephone number of the TUC chairman in the state, Tunde Joseph, could not be reached as the number was switched off as at the time of filing this report.