Electricity workers may shut down facilities

.TCN begs NUEE to shelve planned strike     

Barring any changes, Nigerians may be thrown into darkness, as workers under the aegis of National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) will today embark on strike.

This follows a directive to the workers to picket transmission offices yesterday, even as the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has appealed to the workers to suspend their planned action.

The Managing Director, TCN, Sule Abdulaziz, made the appeal in a letter to the workers on Tuesday, saying that their grievances were being addressed.

The General Secretary, NUEE, Joe Ajaero, had in a statement said the picketing was to protest the directive by the TCN Board that all principal managers in acting capacity going to acting general manager rank must appear for a promotion interview.

Ajaero said the directive was in contravention of the workers’ conditions of service and career progression paths, alleging that it was unilaterally done without the relevant stakeholders.

Other issues raised include stigmatisation of staff from the office of the Head of Service of the Federation from working in other areas in the power sector, and non-payment of December 2019 entitlement of ex-PHCN staff.

The Ministry is committed to proffering solutions that will be acceptable to all concerned parties.

But Abdulaziz in his letter assured that TCN has suspended “the said proposed interview …while we conclude discussion with the Board.

“On the other two issues: circular from the office of Head of Service on stigmatisation of the defunct PHCN staff; payment of entitlement of ex-PHCN staff by market operator, the management has contacted the Honourable Minister of Power for his further action.”

Also, the Minister of State for Power, Goddy Jedy-Agba, in a letter to the union, dated August 15, said the Ministry is committed to proffering solutions that will be acceptable to all concerned parties.

“May we appeal to your great union to allow us two weeks from the date of this letter to address the issues and come up with proposals toward acceptable resolution of all issues,” he said.

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