Workers at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) took part in a one-day warning strike October 16, despite government efforts to undermine it. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, was prevented from addressing workers to head off the strike when the gates to FAAN headquarters were locked.
Workers are demanding the restoration of full pay. The Nigerian government owes China around $1 billion for building four international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano. This is paid for by FAAN through cuts in workers’ wages.
The strike takes place under conditions of mass unemployment, poverty and inequality in Africa’s most populous country—which has fueled mass protests against state violence.