Electricity Workers Issue Strike Notice to Federal Government

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CEM REPORT | The National Union of Electricity Employees, (NUEE), has threatened to withdraw their services if the federal government continues to play deaf to their plea.

According to Vice President of the Union, (East) Comrade Engr. Joe Oforka, the federal government has refused to pay entitlements of the some of the workers of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN after almost nine years.

Oforka while speaking to newsmen in Owerri, also noted that the two weeks given to the federal government to implement the 2019 agreement had elapsed.

“It is an undeniable truth that the Power Sector privatization has not added value to the lives of ordinary Nigerians. The entire exercise which could be described as a charade has not brought any meaningful impact/improvement for the people.

“The union further says that almost nine (9) years of Power privatization, entitlements of some of the workers of the defunct PHCN have not been paid as they suffer untold hardship; while some have been sent to their early graves due to frustration and lack of fund to attend to health challenges after being forced out of Service under the guise of Privatization.

“Similarly, the precarious work conditions have imposed hardship on existing employees in the Sector as the Generation (GenCos) Companies have refused to sign Conditions of Service guiding Employer/Employee relations, Lack of workplace democracy, poor remuneration and others.”

“Electricity tariff has continued to rise without making prepaid meters available to Nigerians despite Federal Government’s directive to the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). We are ready to the down tool should FG fail to implement the 2019 agreement with the Union on the non-payment of exit entitlements to ex-PHCN workers.

“Nigerians should also be informed that the two weeks window that we have given to the FG has lapsed. The Federal Govt of Nigeria should be held responsible should the Union be forced to embark on another Nationwide strike.”

 

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