Senior Electricity workers proffer solution to PHCN privatisation face-off

Victor Ahiuma-Young

15 August 2012, Sweetcrude, LAGOS—AS the Nigerian government meet today  in Abuja with the nation’s organised labour on the lingering dispute over unresolved labour issues and soldiers occupation of Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, Senior Staff of Electricity and Allied Companies, SSAEAC, have suggested ways to resolve the imbroglio.

It will be recalled that Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, last Wednesday, gave the government one-week ultimatum to withdraw soldiers from PHCN installations and commence meaningful dialogue with the unions in the sector or face a nationwide strike.

SSAEAC in a seven-page petition to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Power and his House of Representatives counterpart, detailed the genesis of the current crisis and alleged lies and misinformation being giving out to the public by the agents of the government.

The petition by the President-General and General Secretary of SSAEAC, Bede Opara and Abiodun Ogunsegha said: “The issues of pension, gratuity and supperannuation fund must be addressed conoclusively. Government should pay gratuity to all in accordance with provision of the Staff Condition of Service reviewed in 2010.”

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  • We hope the solution they have proffered is taken into consideration by the authorities. What is important is that peaceful avenues for resolution of outstanding issues are kept open. And that more importantly, the privatisation process of the power utility company is not truncated.

  • Yusuf Musa Ahmad via Facebook

    solidarity for ever.

  • Alfred Suberu via Facebook

    Reshuffle the workers with new contracts under the PHCN company or make them redundant and pay them entitled gratuity worked out from years of commitment to service with cooperate apology or accrued pension from their pension pot savings. Easy! No wahala