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Pay dispute cripples Nairobi train services

Kenya Railways managing director Atanas Maina. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Kenya Railways managing director Atanas Maina. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The Nairobi commuter rail service has remained paralysed since last Wednesday following workers’ protests over reduced salaries and job contracts.

This is after the October termination of Rift Valley Railway’s (RVR) deal as operator on the Kenyan line.

The employees, comprising train attendants, welders, engineers, security personnel and drivers, downed their tools on Wednesday morning over revised employment terms.

The cheap commuter train that plies the Dandora, Ruiru, Umoja, Makadara, Imara Daima, Embakasi, Kibera, Kikuyu and Syokimau routes has been halted, forcing residents to the more costly matatu services.

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