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NLC Strike: Nationwide Blackout Looms Sunday as Electricity Workers Vow to Join

Nationwide blackouts are expected to commence across Nigeria as electricity workers reveal they will be withdrawing their services from Sunday midnight for the organized labour’s indefinite strike slated for Monday.

The acting General Secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees, Dominic Igwebike, revealed this in a notice on Friday.

The development comes in compliance with the indefinite strike action by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress, TUC, over the failure of the federal government to sign and implement a new minimum wage and the reversal of the April 3, 240 percent electricity tariff hike.

“The withdrawal of services becomes effective Sunday 2nd June by midnight”, the notice stated.

Organized labour had announced the commencement of the indefinite strike starting on Monday.

The federal government had offered N60,000 as a minimum wage but organized labor proposed N400,000.

Earlier, workers staged a walkout over the government’s N60,000 minimum wage proposal.

Nigerian workers are also using the strike to press home their demand for the immediate reversal of the electricity tariff to N65 kilowatt-hour from the current N208.80.

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