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Strike could paralyse power sector

10 January 2014, 13:05Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The country’s epileptic power supply could worsen if workers in the sector go on strike.

The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) threatened to embark on industrial action next week alleging government was “violating worker's rights.”

Addressing journalists in Lagos, NUEE General Secretary, Comrade Joe Ajaero, said the workers will barricade all electricity installations across the country until their pension deduction are promptly paid by government.

He warned all new investors in the power sector to stay away from their acquired facilities until the issue was resolved.

Ajaero said that other demands by the group include settlement of all collective agreement entered into with government.

“We will to allow our labour over the years to go in vain. We will fight for it until we get it. Our appeal to new investor is that they should steer clear of Power Holding Company of Nigeria facilities until all labor issues are resolved,” he said.

He also appealed to members of the public to bear with the workers.

 “We equally appeal to good people of Nigeria to show understanding and bear with us, should we decide to dance to this music being played by the Government,” he said.

Ajaero insisted that for peace to prevail in the power sector, all outstanding labour issues like the payments of terminal benefits must be settled.

– CAJ News

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