Hours after nationwide blackouts embarked upon by Electricity staffs to draw federal government’s attention to the plights of its members, the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has suspended its strike action.
This suspension was announced shortly after a meeting with officials of the federal government where the union agreed that it would discontinue the one-day old strike action.
The National President of NUEE, Comrade Joe Ajaero confirmed the outcome of the meeting to Newsmen and added that the workers’ grievances were conclusively addressed.
Please be informed that the strike action has been suspended following agreements reached between the Union and the Federal Government. Below is a communication from the Secretary General of NUEE.
‘Following the agreement reached between NUEE and representatives of Government this morning, on all the issues in contention, the Union wishes to suspend the industrial action it embarked upon to press home these demands. Consequently, members are urged to return to their duty posts while we monitor the implementation of these agreements. We would not hesitate to resume action if the agreements are not implemented.
Comrade Joe Ajaero, General Secretary.’
Based on this, we expect normalcy to be restored at all our locations later today and business should go unhindered.
Jude Eguabor | Head, Employee Relations
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Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company
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He said that all the concerns of the union and it’s members were addressed at the talks which lasted till the wee hours of today.
“ We have concluded deliberations and all issues were addressed but we are awaiting implementation.
Meanwhile, our strike action is suspended,” Ajaero said.
Following the expiration of the 21 days ultimatum issued by NUEE to the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, to implement their demands, and the failure of the minister to dialogue with the union before the ultimatum which lapsed midnight Tuesday, a nationwide blackout was imminent as electricity workers began indefinite strike Wednesday morning.
The strike action led to the shutting down of most of the offices of Distribution Companies (Discos) across the country.