TUC is calling on FG to review the power sector privatisation, the review has become necessary after the stipulated five-year window period ended yesterday to remove lapses or outperforming companies and enforce associated sanctions. TUC made this known in a communique issued after the NEC meeting on Wednesday.
The congress said, “The threat of “no work, no Pay” shall not deter the workers from carrying out legitimate duties to actualise the minimum wage. The NEC enjoins the Government to take note of ILO Convention 87, to which Nigeria is a signatory. The convention allows the workers and employers to have the right to manage their affairs without government interference.”
“The NEC therefore rejects the white paper which is meant to cripple labour agitation for the welfare of its members and the society in general.”
Electricity workers accuse BEDC of anti-labour practice – Punch
The National Union of Electricity Employees has accused the BEDC of allegedly implementing unfriendly labour policies. The union also accused the company of subjecting its employees to poor work conditions in violation of labour laws. This is just as the Edo State Civil Organisations have called on the FG not to review the operating licence of the Disco due to alleged poor performance.
The Assistant General Secretary of the NUEE (Lagos district), Richard Kedee, who spoke during a protest in Benin, the Edo State capital, described the privatisation of the PHCN as a failure.
Kedee said, “The BEDC management does not observe labour laws and treats workers like slaves. There is no condition of service and they owe workers. Today makes it five years since the BEDC was licensed and subject to be renewed, based on performance. But from what we have seen, the privatisation of the PHCN has failed and as such, we are calling on the government not to renew their licence this year.”
However, the management of the company said that it would not succumb to attempts by the union to impose the condition of service obtainable in the public sector on a private entity. It also accused the union of failing to adhere to due process by embarking on a protest prior to the outcome of a meeting scheduled to hold on November 6 as arranged by the Federal Ministry of Labour.