Travellers Groan As Labour Strike Cripples Lagos Airport

Travellers at the Domestic Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos were left stranded on Friday morning due to the ongoing nationwide strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

The strike action, aimed at forcing the federal government to yield to workers’ demand for an increased minimum wage from N18,000 to N56,000, commenced on Thursday.

Zebra News learned that members of the union stormed the airport on Friday morning, and ordered workers to stop selling tickets to travellers.

“We are here making our demands that nobody should force a worker with Air Peace to sell tickets. All those at the counter should stop selling tickets. Secondly, why we are here is for the good of everybody; the demand of everybody is that Nigerian workers should be paid. Once wage increases, it affects everybody,” a member of the union Comrade Emeka Ekes said at the airport.

“All the airlines have also been informed that they are members of the union. As we are here, this is our property. The people selling tickets, we are going to stop them, else we are going to block the roads. Organised labour has brought their position to the table. Federal Government, come with your own position and let us negotiate,” stated Emeka Ekes.

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