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Minimum wage: ‘Nigeria lost N7 billion due to NLC, TUC strike’ – Airport staff

The Domestic Airports Cargo Agents Association (DACAA) says Nigeria lost about N7 billion within the two days the organised labour embarked on nationwide industrial strike.

Recall that labour leaders in the country had announced an indefinite strike action over the failure of the federal government to implement the new national minimum wage.

Subsequently, airlines suspended operations indefinitely across the country as a result of the strike action by the Nigerian workers under the directives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Monday and Tuesday.

Addressing journalists in Lagos on Friday, chairman, Board of Trustees of the DACAA, Ikpe Nkanang, said the strike action led to huge revenue loses for the country.

Nkanang said that about 30 tonnes of cargo were lifted across the country’s domestic airports daily, noting that the volume of cargoes dumped during the two-day strike could only be imagined.

“For those two days the airlines were not working, and once the airlines are not working, cargo cannot move, and it is a great loss to all of us,” Nkanang said.

“You needed to see the volume of cargoes that were dumped over those two days; of course, you know we gathered cargoes during the weekend, hoping that by Monday and Tuesday we would be able to send them out.

“It was a colossal loss to us in the cargo world, it affected our income and, of course, the economy of the country.

“For those few hours of the strike, the country lost about N7 billion across all local airports,” he added.

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