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Nigerian public workers rally against state policy on wages and privatisation

08 July 2016
Workers rally in Oyo, Nigeria
Oyo state public service workers held a rally on 15 June to protest unpaid salaries and proposed privatization of some schools.

The rally, which was coordinated by the national body of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), took off from the Oyo State Secretariat of the NLC at Agodi-Gate. The workers marched through Oje, Beere, Mapo and Oja'Oba carrying placards with various inscriptions and chanting solidarity songs.

Addressing the gathering, the state NLC Chairman, Waheed Olojede, said the rally was to further protest against what he called the state's anti-worker policy. He added that while workers have fulfilled their side of service delivery, government owes them six months arrears of salaries, backlog of pension and gratuity of pensioners.

He said the workers are also saying no to privatisation and sale of public secondary schools in the state.


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