Published 18 November 2021
About 11,000 workers of the Nigerian Railway Corporation recognize commenced a 3-day warning strike, grounding operations the least bit rail stations at some stage in the country.
The NRC staff under the aegis of the Nigerian Union of Railway Workers on Wednesday vowed to pause all put collectively operations nationwide including products and services on the in fashion Lagos-Ibadan, Abuja-Kaduna, and Warri-Itakpe routes this present day (Thursday).
Other famous routes to be tormented by the industrial motion encompass Lagos-Kano, Kano-Unguru and Aba-Port Harcourt, with thousands of railway passengers expected to be stranded at stations at some stage in the country whereas about N90m earnings is anticipated to be lost to the three-day strike.
Closing week, the NUR, an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress, threatened to embark on a 3-day nationwide warning strike from November 18 to November 20, 2021 to press home their demands for improved welfare.
In a verbalize to avert the strike, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, held a gathering in Lagos on Saturday with the union, nevertheless it used to be gathered that the assembly resulted in a impasse.
When requested by our correspondent on Wednesday if the strike had been shelved, the NUR President-Total, Harmless Ajiji, replied in the detrimental and wired that each and every person railway workers would down tool as from 12am this present day (Thursday).
It used to be also gathered that authorities officers searched for the railway union leaders on Wednesday to wait on a court injunction on the NUR no longer to launch the strike, nonetheless this used to be unsuccessful as key union officers went underground for one of the section of the day.
The union leaders argued that a court injunction used to be no longer the solution in opposition to the planned strike.
“We are going ahead with the strike on Thursday. They’ve been making an are attempting to select up us to wait on us a court injunction. That’s the more or much less authorities we recognize in arrangement now. Alternatively, we’ve no longer been served and so by early hours of Thursday morning our strike commences,” Ajiji said.
Asked to relate the resolution of workers who would partake in the strike, he replied, “About 11,000 workers. Now we recognize 10,995 workers, so we’re about 11,000 roughly.”
On whether or no longer the strike would recognize an mark on the total rail stations in Nigeria, Ajiji said, “Yes. The Abuja-Kaduna, Lagos-Ibadan, Warri-Itakpe, Lagos-Kano, Kano-Unguru and Aba-Port Harcourt, all these trains will end. And even our places of work will doubtless be closed down.
“And other than americans that characteristic the movement of the trains, we recognize native workshop workers, tracks men, admin division, everywhere the place will doubtless be closed down!”
It used to be learnt that the sector would lose about N90m at some stage in the three-day warning strike and that if the demands of the staff recognize been no longer met, the union might possibly well notify any other industrial motion nationwide.
“We save over N360m month-to-month from the rail sector. We generate over N30m day after day,” Ajiji said.
He added, “This strike will dwelling off a tumble in earnings for the sector. Nonetheless that’s no longer the problem. Rather the problem is that authorities ought to listen to our moral demands.”
On whether or no longer the minister had reached out to the staff after the Saturday assembly that used to be deadlocked, the NUR president said, “He has no longer said the leisure till this present day.
“We are able to be at the stations by 6am on Thursday and it is because in Abuja, for instance, the first put collectively moves by 7am. So we ought to be there by 6am to end the put collectively from shifting.”
The spokesperson for the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Eric Ojekwe, said he might possibly well also no longer discuss on the topic. Also, the spokesperson for NRC, Yakub Mahmood, declined to save any comment when contacted.
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