Blackout in Nigeria as electricity workers begin strike – Blueprint Newspapers Limited


The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) Wednesday started a nationwide industrial action.
The national secretary of NUEE, Joe Ajaero, had declaration during an interview on Channels TV “Sunrise Daily same day disclosed that nothing would stop the strike.
This ultimatum came in the wake of a protest by the electricity workers who picketed the headquarters of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in Abuja, Tuesday.
They complained about the alleged failure of the federal government to pay the entitlement of former staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in December 2019.
Ajaero directed members to ensure total compliance, vowing to paralyse operations of TCN nationwide over anti-masses activities.
This means the nation’s electricity supply crisis could worsen from Wednesday following this impasse.
During the interview Wednesday, Ajaero stated that the situation remained the same while apportioning blame to the stakeholders for neglecting the workers.
He said: “The strike will commence today, barring any last minute miracle. The issues are beyond TCN and the minister. There is the promotion issue which we don’t have problem with and will be handled by the TCN. Then there is balance of entitlement of PHCN workers with an agreement signed in 2019. There has been no payment whatsoever by the market operators of the TCN.
“The circular by the Head of Service can only be addressed by the service and  the Minister of Labour.
“The Minister of State cannot speak for the Head of Service.
“We wrote about three letters for clarification and we didn’t start with an ultimatum, but there was no response which forced our hands. This was after the TCN said it was beyond their capability to resolve the matter.” 

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