Workers under the umbrella of the Nigerian Union of Railway Workers (NURW) have declared a three-day national warning strike to press home their demands for improved welfare and standard conditions for its members.
The union in a letter dated November 12, 2021, and signed by the President-General, Innocent Ajiji, and other excos, said the workers will embark on the industrial action from November 18 to November 20, 2021.
According to the letter sent to the Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Fidet Okhiria, and the Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, the labour union said its “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.
“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 where workers’ salaries were recently upped by three hundred per cent.”