Nationwide darkness imminent as electricity workers back labour’s indefinite strike

The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) said it was mobilising its members to embark on the strike following the directive of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The acting general secretary, Dominic Igwebike, gave the directive to the members in a statement on Saturday, June 1.

Igwebike said that along with the reasons of inconclusive negotiations on the minimum wage and electricity tariff hike, apartheid categorisation of Nigeria’s electricity consumers into bands was another, to embark on the strike.

“Given the above, all national, state, and chapter executives are requested to start the mobilisation of our members in total compliance with this directive to ensure the government does the right thing as stated above.

“The withdrawal of services becomes effective on Sunday 2nd June by 12.00 midnight,“ the union leader said.

On Friday, organised labour declared a nationwide indefinite strike over the Federal Government’s refusal to raise the proposed minimum wage from N60,000.

They claimed that the strike followed the expiration of an earlier request to the Federal Government to conclude all negotiations for a new minimum wage before the end of May.

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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