Electricity Workers call off strike after hours if Blackout

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The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has called off its nationwide strike which threw the whole country into a total blackout for hours.

The strike was called off as a result of an emergency conciliation meeting between the striking electricity workers and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Wednesday, August 17.

The minister’s spokesman Olajide Oshundun, disclosed that Ngige intervened in the industrial action.

NUEE Secretary General, Joe Ajaero, assured that electricity would be restored across the country.

According to the circular earlier released and dated 15-08-2022, National Secretary of the association, Joe Ajaero, said the action became imminent due to the directive of TCN board that all staff in acting capacity going to assistant general manager must appear for promotion interview.

He started:

“This directive is in contravention of our conditions of service and career progression paths, and unilaterally done without the relevant stakeholders.” He added that the reason for the industrial action also included stigmatisation and prevention of staff from the office of the Head of Service of the Federation from working in other areas in the power sector and refusal of the market operator to fund the payment of entitlement of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) ex-staff, as agreed in the December 2019.”