02 April 2014, Lagos – The National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, Tuesday in Lagos put Nigerians on notice of its plans to picket and cripple operations of power companies in the country over alleged unfair workers practices and extortion of customers among others.
The union in a statement listed some of the alleged sins of the new owners of power companies and the Federal Government to include “de-unionisation and casualisation of workers, under-payment of workers remunerations, sacking of union leaders after legitimate struggle for workers’ right, continued manipulation associated with increase in fixed tariff, continued non-metering of electricity customers and non-payment of entitlement of disengaged staff.”
“Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, has been fielding Nigerians with lies that they have finished paying workers in the Power sector, whereas, the BPE, Ministry of Power and the Accountant General of the Federation are unable to explain the whereabouts of over N100 billion meant for the payment of the workers entitlements. 10% Equity shareholding for workers as collectively agreed has been jettisoned.
“The issue of biometric of workers has been a broad day racket as the consultant engaged for this purpose has continued to use endless biometric exercise to siphon the finances of the Sector.”