Nigerian Labour Congress protest against economic hardship
By Guardian Exclusive
04 August 2023 | 8:07 am
A nationwide strike called by Nigeria's labor unions to protest against the removal of a petrol subsidy and demand a new minimum wage got off to a slow start on Wednesday as most businesses were open, though with reduced traffic in some spots.
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