CDWR SUPPORTS THE PLANNED WARNING STRIKE OF RAILWAY WORKERS
WE DEMAND IMPROVEMENT IN WAGE AND WORKING CONDITIONS
The Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR) supports the planned three-day warning strike to be embarked upon by the railway workers from November 18, 2021.
The Nigerian Union of Railway Workers is embarking on strike action due to poor remuneration and poor working conditions. The management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation and Federal Government have failed to accede to the demands of workers for more than a year and also several months after holding a meeting with the Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi.
The reality is that the present wage framework based on the N30,000 minimum wage has been eroded by high inflation and the ever-rising cost of living. This is the more reason workers across sectors should get wage increments in line with the inflation. We challenge the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to initiate a struggle towards achieving a new minimum wage that meets the present economic realities side by side with enforcing the implementation of the current one.
We call on the management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation and the Federal Government to meet the demands of the railway workers for improved wages and better working conditions.
The CDWR calls on the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Railway Workers to make the strike an active one and mobilize public support through press conferences, rallies, etc. We also call on NLC and TUC to support the strike and give active solidarity.
Comrade Rufus Olusesan
Comrade Chinedu Bosah
National Publicity Secretary