Train services to shut down nationwide as workers plan 3-day warning strike next week

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Train services to shut down nationwide as workers plan 3-day warning strike next week

The current momentum witnessed in Nigeria’s rail sector may be put to a halt next week as union workers set for a three-day nationwide warning strike from Thursday, 18 November to 20 November 2021.

This was disclosed by the General Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Railway Workers (NUR), Comrade Segun Esan, in a chat with Daily Trust, on Saturday, 13 November.

A notice of the proposed strike has already been communicated to the authorities Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), after a 21-ultimatum was given to address welfare concerns of the respective unions including the Nigeria Union of Railwaymen (NUR) and its sister body, Senior Staff Association for the Statutory Corporation and Government-owned Company (SC GOC), according to reports.

A letter titled ‘’ Notice and Directive to embark on three day warning strike nationwide,’’ dated 12 November was addressed to District Chairman/Secretary Nigeria Union of Railway workers and Senior Staff Association.

The unions are demanding an increase in the salaries of NRC staff, incorporation of life insurance and payment of promoted staff arrears from 2018 to date, among others.

According to the letter sent to the Managing Director of the NRC, Engineer Fidet Okhiria, and the Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, the labour unions said their “agitation for enhanced salary cannot be overemphasized as it is an open secret that the salary regime of the Nigerian Railway workers is the worst and most incomprehensible of all salary structures available to the parastatals under the supervision of the federal ministry of transport”.

“The Honorable Minister of Transport once acceded to the fact that Nigerian Railway workers can easily be identified from the crowd by the way they look and dress which he meant to be strikingly suggestive of the very poor salary paid in the corporation,” the letter read.

“It baffles us so much that the federal government spends billions of dollars on building rail transport infrastructure and transforming the system to a modern railway system but with no dint of impact or improvement in the welfare of the workers in terms of improved remuneration.

“We wonder how long the Honorable Minister of Transport will keep avoiding the railway workers and consciously failing in getting better pay for the impoverished Nigerian Railway workers. We wonder how long we will wait before we get our demand for improved salary approved just like that of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) where workers’ salaries were recently upped by three hundred percent.”

Train services to shut down nationwide as workers plan 3-day warning strike next week

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