Labour Strike: Schools, Banks In Bayelsa In Total Lockdown
Waving their flags while chanting solidarity songs, members of the Nigerian Labour Union, Bayelsa State chapter, accompanied by the state Chairman, Comrade John Njomo, drove round Yenagoa, the capital city.
The drive was to ascertain the level of compliance with the Union's seven-day sit- at- home directive which commenced last night, as a result of failure of the Federal Government to implement the new minimum wage.
Citing a gathering of some persons at the premises of Zenith Bank located beside Otiotio Road, Yenizue-gene in Yenagoa, Mr Njomo led the way, but a security guard hurriedly locked the gate before they could gain entrance into the premises.
He instructed a staff to summon the Manager.
On arrival, the manager stated that he only came to the office to make sure that their customers were able to make withdrawals through the ATM. He was reminded of the Union’s decision to shutdown offices.
The gate of United Bank for Africa (UBA )was however open when the union members walked in and realised that the crowd within the premises, were also customers making use of the ATM machines.
Walking over to Stanbic lbtc bank which was a pole away from UBA, a security guard quickly locked the gate. Mr Njomo demanded to see the manager.
During that period, chants of “solidarity forever, solidarity for ever...” rent the air.
Smiling, the manager walked to the gate and assured the Labour leader that they were not on duty.
Expressing her desire for a new minimum wage, a staff of the Ministry of Education, Mrs Rolda Alua, told Bounce News that “we have always been at the bottom of the payment chain.
“Both the government and other employers of labour have continuously denied us our right.
“This strike will continue till our demands are met," she said.
She emphasised that Nigeria was a functional society and that they were working for the good of its citizens and economy, but lamented that the Federal Government was not showing concern.
While two elephants fight, the grass suffers and that was the case of Mr Woyinezuwotei Allen, a bet operator.
He lamented his inability to pay some money into his account.
“In my line of business, I need to pay in money into my business account daily to avoid keeping large amount of money at home or in my office.
“But now, I have been moving from one bank to another soliciting for their help.
“So far, none want to assist me, the bet operator stated.
He pleaded with the Labour Union to reconsider their decision, as it would affect the common man more.
Students of government owned schools were also seen loitering about along the road, as their schools were shut, with their teachers complying with the strike.
Mr Njomo was, however, displeased with the compliance level.
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