Nigerian Railways Corporation workers begin a three-day strike on Thursday over alleged low wages and poor security.
Protesters at train stations in Lagos, Oyo and Abuja have accused Transport Minister Rotimi Amechi of taking their case seriously.
In Lagos, train workers stopped at the Ido station, Ibute Meta, and stopped all vehicles and motorcycles from passing through the station.
They had articles such as ‘Train Workers’ Salary on FMOT ‘Poor and Worst’, ‘Improve NRC’s Salary, Amaichi Learn from Pantami’, ‘Amaichi, Don’t Kill NRC Workers’, and more.
A.D. Workers are saddened by the non-payment of promotional arrears from 2018 to 2021 and the demolition of staff quarters.
The Secretary-General of the Nigerian Railways Union, Segun Esan, said the strike was called off after the union’s meeting with Amechi on Saturday ended in a stalemate.
He said: “We do not want to be out of work; We love our work, but it is important to do so in order to claim our rights. Unfortunately, he would not have reached this stage, but our esteemed Minister of Transport has never found it appropriate to find his staff.
He contacted us when he was appointed as a minister in 2015 or 2016 and was summoned for a second meeting last Saturday but we could not reach any reasonable meeting because the ministry did not address this issue. In the way we expected. He came out to us, and we could not conclude that was why we went on a three-day strike.
From 2018 to 2021, we have a lot of problems with the management of the Nigeria Railways Corporation. .
“The reason for the three-day strike is to remind the federal government and the Railways Corporation and all concerned Nigerians to look to us and understand that we are in dire poverty on the Nigerian railway because of poor security.”
He said locomotive drivers were paid $ 30,000 and urged the federal government to protect the lives of train workers.
In Abuja, activities at train stations are closed.
The Edu railway station, considered one of the busiest stations in the country, was without regular traffic.
All the doors are locked.
According to our correspondent, the situation is similar at the Cuban railway station.
Innocent Ajji, president of the Nigerian Railways Union, said the strike was not just about a 350 per cent increase in wages, but also about other charitable packages.
“Our choice is intentional; We know that it is time to make our voices heard. We want better working conditions and a 350 percent pay rise. Last year this was included in the budget proposal, but it is because of what lawmakers know best.
“The strike is not just a pay rise. We are asking for a state of service. The last time this was done was in It was 1983. We are also requesting individual trainers to insure. After this strike, we will give them time to act, not to negotiate, and then we will start an indefinite strike.
The president of the Nigerian Railways Corporation, Aliyu Minasara, also said that workers at the union were dying in silence because of their salaries.
“Truck drivers are earning more than we do. We’ve been here for a while now. We have been in contact with the Minister for the past six years; He has been guaranteeing us nothing.
“We are service providers; we have about 15,000 passengers a day at all our stations and it generates less than N32m a day for the government. We cannot continue to be slaves to the government; that time is over.
Following the strike in Ibadan, Oyo State, a large number of wanted passengers were repatriated from Obafemi Awalow train station, Monia and Ladoke Akintola railway station.
Some of the staff at the Monia station were armed with placards denouncing their treatment.
PUNCH Metro The train, which was scheduled to leave at 8:00 am, was not responsible for the strike.
Taxi drivers, who had been waiting for the train to arrive in Lagos around 11 a.m., also left the parking lot.
The ticket office, departure and destination were empty.
Some Okada riders, who were busy transporting passengers from Monia to the village where the train station was located, also complained that they were injured in the strike.
Some Ibadan residents, who said they planned to board a train to Lagos on Friday, said they had to travel by road because of the development.
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