Electricity Workers Trigger Total Darkness with Strike Action

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Barring last minute settlements between members of the National of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and the federal government of Nigeria, the country may be thrown into darkness as the protesting workers proceed on an indefinite today.

Yesterday at the Abuja headquarters of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the members of the NUEE conducted a protest march to herald the full scale action today.

The protesting workers said they are withdrawing their services on Wednesday unless their demands are met. The NUEE in a notice signed by the general secretary, Joe Ajaero, urged its members to comply with the directive and stop work from August 17th.

The issued a 14-day ultimatum to the managing director/chief executive officer of TCN on May 18, threatening to down tools if its complaints were not resolved.

The notice complained about a TCN directive for some classes of staff to appear for interviews for promotion. “You are hereby enjoined to mobilise immediately for serious picketing of TCN headquarters and stations nationwide over the directive by the TCN board that all in acting capacity going to AGM must appear for a promotion interview,” the letter said.

“This directive is in contravention of our conditions of service and career progression paths and was unilaterally done without the relevant stakeholders,” the letter added.

The group also said the authorities have also failed to pay the entitlement of former staff of the defunct Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in December 2019.


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