Electricity workers issue FG 2-week ultimatum, threaten strike action - THE NEW DAWN ONLINE


Friday, January 31, 2020

Electricity workers issue FG 2-week ultimatum, threaten strike action

- There are indications that workers in the electricity sector may throw the country into darkness soon

- The workers are giving the government two weeks ultimatum to meet their demands or they would go on strike

- The union mentions some of their demands and asks Nigerians to hold a minister responsible for whatever action the staff take

Nigerians may have to brace up for another period of darkness as workers in the power sector have threatened to down tools after two weeks.

The staff in the electricity industry are not happy that the government has refused to honour an agreement that was arrived at on December 11, 2019, when their association first embarked on strike.

The workers said this time, they are giving the government two weeks to act or they would commence an industrial action again.

The Nation reports that the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), the body overseeing the affairs of the workers, said during the planned industrial action, they would throw the country into darkness.

The report said the union is demanding benefits yet to be paid to over 2,000 workers who were sent away from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) since 2013.

They are also demanding for a review of the underpayment of over 50,000 former staff of the PHCN.

Aside these, the union is not happy with the payment of half salaries to workers by the power distribution companies (DisCos).

It was learnt that Joe Ajaero, the union's general secretary revealed the plans for the industrial action when he spoke with journalists in Lagos.

Ajaero further accused minister Goddy Agba in charge of power of harassing and threatening the union while negotiations were on concerning the challenges facing the workers in the sector.

He asked Nigerians to hold Agba responsible for any action the association decides to take.

The workers had weeks ago embarked on a 24-hour strike action throwing the country into darkness.

The industrial action was later suspended when its effect became biting and Nigerians started raising alarm.

It was reported in December 2019 how the union members again warned that the country would face blackout as they planned for strike.

The workers said they would not hesitate to leave work again if the agreement reached with them is not implemented.

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