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Police arrest 6 as BRT workers embark on strike

By Victor Ahiuma-Young
NO fewer than six workers of the Lagos State government Bus Rapid Transport (BRT), including two women, who yesterday embarked on strike and protest for improved welfare and conditions of service, were arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command and taken to unknown destination.

Vanguard gathered that two of the arrested workers were Okosi Jeffery and one Marvelous and that they were arrested around 11 a.m close the old Lagos toll gate.

According Vanguard investigation, the workers are demanding increment in salary for all workers by 100 per cent, immediate negotiation of condition of service, reinstatement of all staff that were wrongly and unjustly sacked, insurance policy for all operational staff and standard medical scheme for all workers.

Other demands are for all contract staff to join the union, promotion of all station assistants and compliance officers among others.

The workers are alleging that for close to three years, workers do not have condition of service, meaning that all of them are like casuals workers and that they had been demanding conditions of service without response from the management.

But efforts to reach the management of BRT was unsuccessful at press time.

Reacting to the arrest of the workers, Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR) condemned the arrest of the protesting workers and called for their immediate and unconditional release.


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