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NEWS UPDATE: Railway workers give Nigerian government notice of nationwide strike

NEWS UPDATE: Railway workers give Nigerian government notice of nationwide strike

Leaders of the National Union of Railway Workers NUR and its Senior Staff Organization, SSA, Railway Department, have directed workers of the Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, to embark on a 3-day nationwide strike effective from Thur, 18th Nov 2021, over poor welfare.

The leaders of the 2 unions, in the circular, addressed to the unions’ District Chairmen and Secretaries in Lagos, Ibadan, Enugu, Zaria, Minna, Bauchi, Kafanchan, amidst others issued on Fri, explained that the evolution is a fall-out of a coming together held with the direction of NRC on quarta-feira.

The National leaders of the 2 unions directed them to summon a coming together of workers in their districts on Monday, Nov 15, at 10 am and inform the workers of the impending strike.

It said, “The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Railway Workers (NUR) and Senior Staff Organization (SSA) NRC Department, in a articulation coming together held in Lagos on quarta-feira, 10th Nov 2021 where the welfare of the workers of the Corporation as set before the Direction was taken through exhaustively critical discourse and review, has finally unanimously resolved that all the district organs (DWCs) of the NUR and SSA should, as a matter of expedience, summon a full general coming together of all the workers of their districts on Monday, 15th Nov 2021 at precisely 10.00 a.m immediate and, in unambiguous terms, notify the entire workers of the graduation of a 3-day warning strike starting time from midnight prior to Thur, 18th through Saturday, 20th Nov 2021.”

It explained that the Chairmen and the Secretaries shall be solely responsible for the sitrep (state of affairs study) of the days of the strike and shall escalate same to the national secretariat of the union for its information and essential activeness.

It said the strike activities, whichever way each district wants to implement it in shape of programmes, must include fervent intercessory prayers for the success of the struggles, should be within the premises of the Corporation must be essentially orderly, well-organized, and devoid of whatever devastation or violation of railway assets, our assets.

The statement said all the workers must comply and remain out of their offices but gather together behind their district union leaders to participate actively, peacefully, and consistently in the whole days of the strike without whatever fright or allow.

It observed that the planned strike is just to send a warning sign to the right quarters to mind their demands for improved welfare and touchstone status of service and may be followed with a protracted strike programme.

It said the district leadership of the unions should await farther directives from Lagos from time to time as may be deemed expedient by the national officers of the unions.

The statement warned every district must comply with the notice as whatever human activity prejudicial to the notice would be viewed real seriously and strictly by the leadership of the unions.

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