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PHCN workers threaten strike

15 March 2013, 16:01

Lagos - Members of the two trade unions in PHCN on Friday held nationwide prayer  sessions  to facilitate  payment of entitlements to disengaged colleagues.

The unions are the National Union of Electricity Employees and Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies

Some leaders of the unions told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the prayer was to put the Almighty first in their subsequent actions.

They told NAN that the workers would embark on strike if the Federal Government failed to adhere to an earlier agreement with the unions.

Mr Mbang Etukubes, the Vice-Chairman of Lagos/Ogun Chapter of the junior workers’ union, said that the workers were aggrieved over alleged government’s shift of position on the matter.

Etukubes said that the unions were disappointed when government said it now planned to inaugurate a Rationalisation and Benefit Statement Review Committee instead of an implementation committee agreed upon.

He said that when the unions met with the Bureau of Public Enterprises and Alexander Forbes (a consultant on the matter), they agreed to set up an implementation committee.

“As if this is not enough, the government came out with a new amount of N45 billion which is different from the N384 billion earlier announced.

“Besides, the government says it is no longer paying the workers in bulk, but in phases beginning from May to July,” Etukubes said.

The Federal Government, however, said that payment in phases was to enable it effectively meet the obligation.

NAN correspondent who monitored the situation in Lagos reports that all PHCN offices were shut during the prayer, which lasted for hours.


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