Ngige, Electricity workers disagree over strike legality


Tony Akowe, Abuja

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige and the General Secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Comrade Joe Ajaero on Thursday openly disagreed over the legality of the strike action embarked upon by the union.

While Ngige insisted that as union in the essential service sector of the economy, the union should not have embarked on strike, but made adequate contact with his Ministry for proper conciliation of the dispute, Ajaero said the union gave the government adequate notice before commencing the strike which was later suspended after about 24 hours.

Ngige and Ajaero spoke at a meeting with the leadership of the House of Representatives, just as the Speaker of House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila said the House will not be party to the agreement signed between the union and government and will ensure that they are implemented.

He said he was aware of an ultimatum to the Ministry of Power and copied to his Ministry for his…



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