LABOUR LEADERS DISRUPT OPERATIONS AT LAGOS FIRS OFFICE

In a dramatic turn of events, labour leaders in Lagos state have shut down the offices of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and forcefully evicted the staff, as part of their ongoing protest over the minimum wage.

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Eyewitnesses reported that the labour leaders, armed with canes, stormed the FIRS office in Lagos, demanding a review of the current minimum wage, which they deemed inadequate in the face of the rising cost of living.

“The labour leaders were not interested in negotiation or dialogue. They simply marched in, ordered the staff to leave, and used their canes to drive them out of the premises,” said one of the affected FIRS employees, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The protest, which has been ongoing for several days, is being led by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), who have been at loggerheads with the federal government over the minimum wage issue.

“We will not back down until our demands are met. The current minimum wage is no longer sustainable, and the government must act to address the economic hardships faced by Nigerian workers,” said Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the President of the NLC.

The disruption at the FIRS office is the latest in a series of protests and demonstrations organized by the labour unions, as they ramp up pressure on the government to review the minimum wage and provide better living conditions for workers.

“This is a clear escalation of the protest, and it shows the level of frustration among Nigerian workers. The government must take urgent steps to resolve this dispute before it spirals out of control,” said Comrade Quadri Olaleye, the President of the TUC.

The Lagos state government has condemned the actions of the labour leaders, describing them as “unlawful and unacceptable.”

“We will not tolerate any disruption of government operations or the forceful eviction of public servants. The authorities will take appropriate action to ensure the restoration of law and order,” said the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy.

As the minimum wage protest continues to gain momentum, the clash between the labour unions and the government is likely to intensify, with both sides unwilling to back down on their respective positions.

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