The Nigerian electricity workers under aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, have threatened to commence an indefinite strike starting from Wednesday, 17th August, 2022, due to pending Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, issues with the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN.

This was contained in a circular by the General Secretary of NUEE, Joe Ajaero, which was addressed to the Senior Assistant General Secretaries and  Zonal Organising Secretaries dated Tuesday,15th August, 2022, and titled “call for action”, directing them to ensure total compliance, vowing to paralyze the operations of TCN nationwide over anti-masses activities.

The circular reads;

“You are hereby enjoined to mobilize immediately for serious picketing of TCN Headquarters and stations nationwide over the directive by the TCN Board that all PMs in acting capacity going to AGM must appear for promotion interview.

“This directive is in contravention of our condition of service and career progression paths , and unilaterally done without the relevant stakeholders.

“This action takes effect from Tuesday 16 August ‘2022, and total withdrawal of service commences on Wednesday 17 August 2022. Ensure full compliance in all the stations nationwide”.

The union had on May 18, 2022 issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Managing Director in the circular titled “Unresolved issues on the year 2021 promotion exercise and others”, which it threatened to go in strike at the expiration of the ultimatum, if its grievance were not addressed.

Story: Hilda Katu