Nigerian railway workers will go on a 3-day warning strike from Thursday 18 November to 20 November 2021.
The secretary general of the Nigerian Railway Workers’ Union (NUR), Comrade Segun Esan, confirmed this in a chat with the Daily Trust.
The Daily Trust gathered workers notified authorities of the strike.
A letter titled “Notice and directive to undertake a 3-day nationwide warning strike” dated 12 November was addressed to the district president / secretary of the Railway Workers Union and Senior Personnel Association of Nigeria.
The Nigeria Union of Railwaymen (NUR) and its sister body, Senior Staff Association for the Statutory Corporation and Government-owned Company (SC GOC), had previously given the federal government and the National Railway Corporation (NRC) a three-week ultimatum. to address its welfare concerns to prevent full trade union action across the country starting November 14.
These demands include an increase in NRC staff salaries, the incorporation of life insurance, and the payment of staff arrears promoted from 2018 to present, among others.
According to the letter sent to the Chief Executive Officer of the CNR, Eng. Fidet Okhiria, and the Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, the unions stated that their “agitation for a salary increase cannot be underestimated since it is a secret of Pulcinella that the wage regime of Nigerian railway workers is the worst and most incomprehensible of all the wage structures available to parastatals under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Transport ”.
“The Honorable Minister of Transportation once accepted the fact that Nigerian railway workers can be easily identified from the crowd by the way they look and dress, which was meant to be surprisingly indicative of the meager wage paid in society,” reads letter. …
“It baffles us so much that the federal government spends billions of dollars building rail transportation infrastructure and transforming the system into a modern rail system but without impacting or improving workers’ welfare in terms of better pay.
“We wonder how long the Honorable Minister of Transport will continue to avoid railway workers and knowingly fail to get better pay for poor Nigerian railway workers. We wonder how long we will wait before we get approval for our claim for a better wage, just like the one from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) where workers’ wages have recently been raised by three hundred percent. “
Source: – Daily Trust