Electricity Worker’s Strike Suspended. This Is Why They Went On Strike
Written by Smooth FM on December 12, 2019
The National Union Of Electricity Employees went on strike on Wednesday, December 11th. The union had earlier issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Minister of Power for a dialogue to resolve the lingering industrial crisis in the sector.
Some of the unresolved issues are illegal transfer of union properties to power investors and the alleged refusal by some distribution companies (discos) to remit deducted contributory pension of their members of staff to pension managers.
Here is a statement released by Ikeja Electric.
Leadership of the House of Representatives called to meet with the Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Chris Ngige and Minister of Power Saleh Mamman.
This was in a bid to avert the strike by the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE).
The House made the resolution on Wednesday, following a motion of urgent public importance raised by the House Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu.
The lawmakers expressed worry that if the strike is not averted, there will be economic consequences.
Following the meeting with the officials of the federal government, the union accepted to discontinue the one-day old strike action.
According the National President of NUEE, Comrade Joe Ajaero who confirmed the outcome of the meeting to THISDAY, the workers’ grievances were conclusively addressed.
He said that all the concerns of the union and it’s members were addressed at the talks which lasted till the wee hours of today.
“ We have concluded deliberations and all issues were addressed but we are awaiting implementation.