Nigeria: Strike shut down Lagos TV-Radio over minimum wage

The Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) last week led workers of the state television and radio on a three-day warning strike over the non-implementation of the N18, 000 minimum wage. As early as 7.30 am yesterday, the striking workers supported by the NUJ, stormed the premises of the television and radio with placards condemning their management.

During the protest, the state's Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Aderemi Ibirogba, the state's Head of Service (HOS) Adesegun Ogunlewe, the Permanent Secretaries in the radio and television station, Mrs.Tinu Aina Badejo and Mr. Lekan Ogunbanwo, all persuaded the leadership of the workers to call off the strike.

Addressing newsmen at the premises of the television station, acting chairman of NUJ in Lagos State, Deji Elumoye said the union earlier met with representative of the government to find a lasting solution to the impasse, but regretted that nothing meaningful came out of the meeting.

"The state government's team asked us for a meeting which we held for about two hours, but nothing meaningful came out of it. We then told them to allow us meet with our members. At the emergency meeting held, our members decided that the warning strike must continue, Though there is no paper before the incumbent Commissioner for Information and Strategy, we have held series of meeting with his predecessor, Barrister Opeyemi Bamidele. Since government is continuum, we believe the incumbent will take over from where his predecessor stopped. On July 10, we committed them to an agreement and they agreed to pay us the new minimum wage between July and August, but they failed to honour their promise. At the meeting this morning, they asked us to give them another 20 days to pay up, but the congress disagreed," he said.

The Chairman of the Radio, Television, Theatre Arts Workers' Union (RATTAWU) in the state, Mr. Adedeji Okuboyejo described the state government's action on the minimum wage as a 'barber shop chair', saying, "What we have in Lagos State is a barber shop chair, moving without progress. Asking for another time to do paperwork is a tactics to delay us."

Source: Daily Trust

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