The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has suspended its nationwide strike for two weeks after a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.
Electricity Workers Strike
KanyiDaily recalls that the electricity workers had embarked on an indefinite strike on Wednesday, August 17, over pending issues with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
Following a meeting with Chris Ngige on Wednesday evening, the NUEE leadership announced that the union has suspended the one-day strike by its members.
The NUEE said that the aggrieved electricity workers will continue the industrial action if the federal government fail to resolve the issues raised by the union within two weeks.
A committee headed by the Minister of State for Power, Jeddy Agba, has been set up to reconcile the issues raised by the union.
Agba said all the issues were presented and a high power delegation was set up to look into the matter and report back within two weeks.
”On that premise, we decided to suspend the strike for two weeks pending when the issues will be resolved, ” he said.
Abah also said that on the issue the union had with the TCN’s Board, they had written a letter to schedule a meeting with them to resolve the issue.
The development was also announced in a statement issued by the Head, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun.
The statement read in part, “The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has apprehended the strike embarked upon by the NUEE following an emergency meeting between the union, government and other stakeholders, at the instance of the minister.
“At the end of the meeting, the Secretary-General of NUEE, Joe Ajaero, assured the minister that all necessary steps would be taken to restore the supply of electricity to the country immediately.”
KanyiDaily recalls that the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) had warned that the strike action would lead to disruption of power supply to electricity consumers across the nation.