Passengers have been left stranded as railway workers today commenced a three-day warning strike to protest poor welfare and demand a better work environment. The workers of the railway cooperation under the aegis of the Nigeria Union of Railway Workers (NURW) and the Senior Staff Association (SSA), said the warning strike may be followed with a protracted strike plan.
In Lagos rail workers took their protest to the Lagos-Ibadan rail tracks while chanting solidarity songs and wielding placards with the following inscriptions: “Give us salary regime or we die”, “work for Nigeria railway and die in abject poverty,” “good salaries bring better results, bad salaries kill morale.”
Rail operations on popular routes like Lagos-Ibadan, Abuja-Kaduna, Kano-Unguru, Aba-Port Harcourt and Warri-Itakpe, have been severely affected by the strike. Managing Director of NRC, Fidet Okhiria, in an internal memo on Tuesday alerted all district managers and key personnel about the necessity to preserve the sector’s assets if the strike goes forward.
Punch reports that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, held a meeting with the unions in Lagos last Saturday in a bid to avert the strike. The meeting however ended in a deadlock.
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