The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has suspended its strike.
The electricity workers under the joint umbrella of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEC) agreed to suspend the industrial action after the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, intervened with the union.
“The Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has apprehended the strike embarked upon by the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) following an emergency meeting between the union, government, and other stakeholders, at the instance of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige,” read a statement from the Head, Press and Public Relations of the ministry.
“Dr Ngige set up a tripartite committee to look into the grievances of electricity workers towards addressing them.”
The statement added that the union’s secretary general, Joe Ajaero, has “assured the minister that all necessary steps would be taken to restore the electricity supply to the country immediately”.
On Tuesday, the National Union of Electricity Employees demonstrated outside the Abuja offices of the Transmission Company of Nigeria.
They protested that the Federal Government allegedly failed to pay the former employees of the disbanded Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) their entitlement in December 2019.
Empire had earlier reported that this is the precursor to an ongoing, indefinite strike action anticipated to begin on August 17, according to the displeased workers represented by the national union of electrical employees, NUEE.