Tricycle Drivers Protest Against Hike In Price Of Ticket

kekeTricycle operators also known as Keke Drivers are protesting in Asaba causing traffic in the city.

Alleging that the cost of their tickets was increased from 250 naira to 300 naira, they carried out their protest at the popular Inter-Bau roundabout in Asaba the state capital, carrying placards condemning the increase which they claimed was done without informing them.

They berated the Delta State Commercial Motorcycle and Tricycle Union Asaba who sold the tickets to them, adding that they no longer require the services of a union.

With the protest, vehicular movement became slow and passengers got stranded as drivers carrying them were halted and forcefully made to discharge their passengers.

Meanwhile the Secretary of the Union, Emmanuel Afatakpa, while throwing more light on the reason for the increase, explained that it was necessitated by the reintroduction of the road tax by the Delta State Government.

Judiciary Workers Call Off Strike

courtThree weeks ago, the judiciary workers commenced an industrial action which effectively paralyzed activities in the state courts across the country.

Across the country, the workers stayed away and the courts remained under lock and key.

Their grouse was the refusal of the state governments to implement an order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, delivered on January 13 and which directed them to ensure that all allocations meant for the state judiciary should be paid directly to the heads of state courts.

With all the complaints trailing this industrial action, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, intervened and at a meeting that lasted several hours on Friday, a truce was reached after a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, was signed between the Minister and the leadership of the Union in Abuja.

The MoU states that all governments are obliged to respect the provision of the 1999 Constitution as amended and comply with the judgment of the court.

The agreement also indicates that the demands of the judiciary workers union would be met within the next 45 working days.

With this development, the courts across the country would now resume work on Monday, August 4, with the caveat that no Judiciary Staff Union member would be victimized as a result of participating in the strike.

Analyst Blames Strikes In Nigeria On Government’s Irresponsibility

The Executive Director of Grassroots Watch, Adeola Soetan has said that the irresponsibility of the Federal Government was what caused the series of industrial actions in Nigeria.

Mr Soetan, who was a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, said that strikes by workers or union is recognised legitimately all over the world and that no labour leader will take the action as an option of first choice.

Though the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) just called off a three-day warning strike several other employee of the government including teachers in the Universities and Polytechnics have down tools owing to unresolved disagreements.

Mr Soetan said for any union to embark on a strike, it simply shows the irresponsibility on the part of its employer because the action is not something easy to plan.

He said other options would have been considered to reach a compromise with the government, hence his reason for hinting that no labour leader would resort to strike action as an option of first choice.

He said, “It shows total irresponsibility on the part of government, because strike is not easy to plan, it’s not a child’s play.

“For any labour leader, they want an option of least cost because to plan a strike action, you hold meetings, organise campaigns, meet up with management and government, you also have to get support and legitimacy from all you councils at different levels.”

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