Nigerian military rulers are battling to stem the worst period of industrial unrest in the country since the army took power in 1996.
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Background: Nigerian military rulers are battling to stem the worst period of industrial unrest in the country since the army took power in 1996.
Strikers by dockers and truck drivers earlier this month, industrial action by government doctors and employees of commercial banks and threats by several other workers' unions and groups have wrecked the country's in ??? peace, creating problems for the Government.
The turmoil has major touched off by two government measures.
The first, and major cause -- in spite of a Government ban on strikers and ???kouts -- has been new wage increases for civil servants announced by the Federal Government in late December.
The awards -- based on the recommendations of a review commission set up in September 1972 -- rocketed wages by as much as 133 per cent or low-income civil servants. But workers in the private sector were included and advised to negotiate pay settlements with their employers. The Government White Paper setting out the awards after a two-year wage freeze said they were meant to encourage government workers and help them meet the rising cost of living.
The increases were hailed as a new year "bonanza" when first announced. But, when the details were released they provoked an immediate protest from those not covered by them.
The second Government measure which created industrial difficulties was a decision to set up mobile courts to try on-the-spot traffic offences. It provoked a strike by truck drivers alleging harassment by police. This, in turn, caused the worst fuel crisis in Nigeria's history and steeply-mounting food prices. Although this transport strike is now over, food prices seem to have stabilised at much-increased levels.
On Tuesday, 21 January, the bank staff, doctors and other medical staff returned to work pending negotiations on their pay structure. This decision was taken in Lagos after a series of meetings between government leaders and employees' representatives.