Why electricity workers went on strike — Official

The National Union of Electricity Employees has explained why its members embarked on a one-day strike that threw Nigeria into a blackout on Wednesday.

The union said at the centre of its dispute with the federal government are non-payment of the entitlement of workers of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) who were laid off when the company was privatised, short-payment and the condition of service for workers of electricity companies.

The general secretary of the union, Joe Ajaero, said the strike was because of these unresolved issues.

In a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES, he said since the privatisation of the PHCN in 2013, over 2000 workers who were laid off are yet to be paid their entitlements.

He also said the workers in the sector were short-paid for…

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