Workers under the aegis of National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) have threatened to resume their recently suspended nationwide strike if the government fail to implement agreement reached with them.
But their senior counterparts in the power sector, Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) have countered NUEE, saying the suspended strike was, in the first place, illegally prosecuted by the junior employee union, as conditions precedent to strike were not followed.
President General of SSAEAC, Chris Okonkwo, told journalists in Lagos at the weekend that they have written a letter to the minister of labour and employment, as well as the minister of power, a copy of which has gone to the presidency, detailing why the strike was a wrong approach approach.
The General Secretary of NUEE, Comrade Joe Ajaero at the 6th quadrennial/11th national delegates conference of the union, in Lagos at the weekend declared that the agreement signed with union which necessitated the suspension of the strike should be implemented to avert a resumption of the action.
The strike had on December 11, 2019, left the entire nation in total darkness, as workers, offices of various electricity distribution companies were locked up and businesses in the power sector prevented from operations.
The action was suspended the following day, December 12, after the representatives of the Federal Government and others signed an agreement to look into the workers’ demands.