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Electricity Employees Union mobilises for indefinite strike

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The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has declared intent to join the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the planned indefinite strike to start Tuesday, October 3, on the back high price of petroleum and anti-labour policies by the government.

In a statement seen by BusinessDay, the Union said it will totally withdraw its services and participate in street protests and rallies until the Government responds to their demands.

Read also: NLC, TUC declare indefinite strike starting Oct 3

“To this effect, all national, state and chapter executives are requested to start mobilisation of our members in total compliance of this directive,” the release signed by Dominic Igwebike, the acting General Secretary of the Union, read.

The NLC and TUC declared the indefinite strike to force the federal government to address excruciating suffering and hardship across the country, occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy.

The resolution came despite promises by the federal government to conclude wage awards, which was a significant demand by the labour leaders.

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In a joint communiqué after both Labour centres held separate emergency National Executive Council, NEC, meetings, leaders of the two bodies urged Nigerians to brace up for a long strike and use between yesterday and the following Monday to stockpile foodstuff and other necessities.

According to the Labour Unions, the indefinite strike is a result of the perceived insensitivity of the government to the plights of workers and other Nigerians, following the petrol subsidy removal and continuous demonstration of unwillingness and complete lack of initiative to address the fall-outs of the removal and other harsh economic policies.

Although, the federal government has appealed to the unions to shelve the planned strike, the unions have refused to back down.

Read also: FG begs labour to shelve proposed strike

According to the NUEE, the withdrawal of services nationnwide will commence from 0.00 hours of Tuesday, October 3, 2023.

“You are encouraged to work with the leadership of State Executive Council of the Congress in your various states with a view to having a successful action,” the Union told its members.