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.”