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Blackout looms as labour set for protest

13 January 2014, 14:42

Lagos - The already deplorable power situation in the country may worsen as workers in the power sector, under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), have threatened to stop the supply of electricity nationwide by Tuesday, January 14.

The proposed shutdown is a protest against the federal government’s refusal to conclude the payment of workers’ entitlements following the privatisation of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), reports BusinessDay.

General Secretary of NUEE, Joe Ajaero, lamented that two months after the handover of the assets of the defunct PHCN, the labour issues are yet to be concluded as none of the disengaged workers of the defunct PHCN and over 1,000 retirees have been fully paid their entitlements..

He noted that the management of the successor companies have also acted contrary to the provision of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) by sacking the workers from day one of taking physical possession of the companies in contravention of the law, which mandates the management of any public company privatized to work with the staff inherited for six months to test their competency before relieving them of their duties.

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