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Nigeria mass strike to continue

Did I hear anything about this on “Nightly News”?  Nope, I heard it on http://npr.org

A strike which has brought much of Nigeria to a near-standstill will continue on Thursday, unions have said.

Millions of workers walked out over rising fuel prices on Wednesday, with the streets of the commercial capital, Lagos, reported to be deserted.

The nationwide strike is scheduled to last three weeks.

A court told trade unions to stand down, and the government to cut petrol prices to February levels, but the latter is said not to have happened.

The government has said it will comply, but this has not mollified the unions.

Banks closed

Adams Oshiomhole, president of Nigeria’s biggest union, the Nigerian Labour Congress, said the strike would continue until there was evidence that the cost of petrol was actually coming down.

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Posted by SPN on 06/09 at 06:53 PM in International

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