Workers of the Nigerian Railway Company (NRC), on Thursday, protested their depressed month-to-month remuneration pegged at N26,000.
The workers demanded increased wage and better welfare equipment one day of a divulge at the Idu Station in Abuja.
The workers were considered gathered at the practice plot armed with placards with varied inscriptions which comprise “Fine wage presents greater results, spoiled wage kills morale.” Abuja Prepare Assault, a terrorist’s Assault express it because it’s MD NRC.”
One amongst the aggrieved drivers acknowledged the divulge was as soon as important in particular because the Dangote firm pays truck drivers N300,000 whereas locomotive drivers are paid N26,000 by the Railway Company.
He added that the NRC had comely contemporary infrastructure but zero welfare for crew.
The President-Overall, Nigerian Union of Railway Workers (NURW), Innocent Ajiji acknowledged, railway crew were basically the most poorly paid among the many total parastatals within the Ministry of Transportation.
He acknowledged, “It will passion you to know that our minimum wage is N30,000, so whenever you deduct contributory housing plot, pension, union dues and tax, the wage drops all of how in which down to N26,000.
“And that’s the to find-house of the railway crew, no allowance, nothing. That’s why we’ve decided to embark on this divulge.
“It will passion you to know that our passengers which might perhaps be using on our practice are insured, every factual that we stock on our practice is insured, but funnily adequate, these operating the practice are no longer insured.
“It’s likely you’ll possibly also endure in mind that four weeks relief, there was as soon as a bomb blast on the practice tracks if something had took place to those drivers, I’m assuring you that the entirely component that govt would maintain paid them is costs allowance which is lower than N1million, so we are demanding that our crew be insured so that if anything happens to them, the firm pays the following of family a reasonable sum of money.
“We demanding that our customary of working condition must tranquil be reviewed,” adding that the overview of railway crew welfare is supposed to be done every five years but was as soon as done final in 1978 and utilized in 1983.”
The NRC had earlier ordered the suspension of practice companies between Abuja and Kaduna, Lagos and Ibadan, and Warri as a consequence of a strike.
The district managers were directed to be prepared to shut down practice stations plying Abuja-Kaduna, Lagos-Ibadan and Warri-Itakpe routes within the occasion that crew down tools.
The Managing Director of NRC, Fidet Okhiria, in an inner memo on Tuesday alerted all district managers and key personnel about the necessity to withhold railway sources if the strike goes ahead.
The warning strike that was as soon as declared to place a query to increased wages and condition of carrier by crew of the Nigerian Railway Company (NRC) is to support from November 18th to November 20th.