Railway Workers Suspend Three-day Nationwide Strike

After reaching an agreement with the Federal Government, the Nigeria Union of Railway Workers (NURW) has suspended its three-day nationwide strike.

The union disclosed this on Friday in a communique signed by the President-General of the Senior Staff Association of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Aliyu Mainasara.

Other signatories are President of the Railway Workers Union, Innocent Ajiji and Director of Administration/HumanResources (NRC), Monsurat Omotayo.

According to the union, the decision to suspend the strike, which began on Thursday, was reached after a fruitful discussion with the Ministry of Transport.

The communique stated that part of the resolution reached is the setting up of a committee to review the standard conditions of service with a timeline lasting to the 31st day of January 2022.

Also, all the train crews would be given insurance cover as the train passengers and the goods in transit and no member of staff shall be victimised as a result of his/her participation in the 3-day strike.

The communique reads: “A committee has been set up with immediate effect on the review of the standard conditions of service with timeline lasting to the 31st day of January, 2022.

“It has been agreed that the personal data on deceased workers be collected for processing for immediate payment as every worker is already covered by the group life assurance scheme.

“It has been agreed that all the train crews be given insurance cover as the train passengers and the goods in transit.

“Enhanced salary regime has been taken up as a priority by the NRC Board and FMoT with a view to securing approval for implementation in the earliest time possible.

“It has been agreed that no member of staff shall be victimised as a result of his/her participation in the 3-day industrial action of November 2021.

“By this communique and foregoing resolutions, the 3-day warning strike action is hereby suspended. Therefore, workers are hereby directed to resume work with immediate effect.

The strike led to the shutdown of train operations in Lagos, Ibadan, Enugu, Zaria, Minna, Bauchi, Kafanchan and other states, mNaija reports.

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