SWITZERLAND, DECEMBER 12 – A nationwide blackout during Christmas has been averted as the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) suspended its strike action embarked upon on Wednesday to draw federal government’s attention to the plight of its members.
Following a meeting with officials of the federal government, the union accepted to discontinue the one-day old strike action.
According the National President of NUEE, Comrade Joe Ajaero , the workers’ grievances were conclusively addressed.
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.