As organised labour and workers anxiously await an update on the minimum wage struggle, reactions have continued to trail the shutdown of the national grid by the unions during the two-day nationwide strike.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) initiated an indefinite strike on Monday, demanding an increase in the national minimum wage and a reduction in electricity tariffs.

As part of their actions, the unions disrupted the national grid, flights and businesses across the country for two days before suspending the strike for five days to allow for negotiation with the federal government.

Nigerians have expressed different opinions on the legality of the unions’ actions, with the Secretary of the Government of the Federation(SGF), Mr George Akume, describing the shutdown of the national grid as a treasonable felony.

Akume said this in Abuja on Thursday during a meeting with the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

June 9, 2024

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