Railway workers suspend strike

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Striking railway workers under the aegis of the Nigerian Union of Railway Workers (NUR) and the Senior Staff Association (SSA) NRC Branch have called off their strike.

The workers, who embarked on a 3-day warning strike on Thursday morning, called off the action after some series of agreements with the Federal Ministry of Transportation (FMOT) and the NRC management.

In a communique on Friday and co-signed by the President General of the SSA, Comrade Aliyu Mainasara; President General of the NUR, Comrade Innocent Ajiji and Director, Admin/HR of the NRC, Dr. Mrs. Monsurat Omotayo, the workers announced the setting up of a committee to review the standard condition of service of all railway workers.

According to the communiqué: “The following are the resolutions made between the NRC, NUR and SSA, NRC Branch on Friday, 19th of November, 2021:“A committee has been set up with immediate effect on the review of the standard condition 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 victimized 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.”

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