Railway workers suspend 3-day warning strike

Railway workers have suspended their three-day warning strike which was earlier declared to demand improved welfare.

The workers, under the aegis of the Nigerian Union of Railway Workers, announced the suspension yesterday, a day after they had commenced the strike and shut down passenger and cargo train services of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, (NRC).

In Abuja, the nation’s capital, prior to calling off the strike, workers in Idu had locked the station and displayed various placards in protest. Aggrieved workers were also seen at the Mobolaji Johnson Train Station in Ebute-Metta, Lagos, with placards, lamenting poor welfare and poor salary.

The NRC workers had on Wednesday vowed to halt train operations nationwide including services on the popular Lagos-Ibadan, Abuja-Kaduna, and Warri-Itakpe routes.

But after separate meetings with the NRC Board in Abuja and other stakeholders in Lagos yesterday, they called-off the industrial action. Details of the agreement reached are, however, yet to be known.

Some of the workers’ demands include demand for rents to the occupants of the demolished quarters at Alagomeji Loco area beyond one-year rent given them in 2018 when their quarters were demolished for the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan standard-gauge railway.

Among others are the non-payment of promotion arrears for 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021; report of skipped and unpaid monthly salaries of some workers, especially those who were employed in 2019.

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