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Union threatens nationwide blackout

01 August 2013, 12:02

Lagos-  The Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) on Wednesday threatened to go on strike in August and cause a nationwide blackout, if nothing was done about their severance package.

SSAEAC's General Secretary, Abiodun Ogunsegha, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the government should pay their retrenchment entitlements next month, to avert an industrial action.

He said a nationwide strike was imminent if electricity workers sacked by the Federal Government did not get their severance packages soonest.

He said that SSAEAC was not impressed with government’s response to the union’s demands.

Ogunsegha said that the strike would force government to attend to their demands promptly.

"Government has continued to shift the payment every other month, for no just cause.

"The agreement we signed with the Federal Government is that the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) workers’ appointments expired on June 30, 2012.

"It is now one year and one month that our appointments expired.

"And while we are still working, we will expect to get salaries for the extra 13 months," he said.

The general secretary said that the government was not handling the issue of severance pay of PHCN workers’ the way it should.

He said the delay in paying the workers was having adverse effects on their livelihood.

"We are tired of continued promises to set us free so that we can go and seek for other meaningful things to do with our lives," he said.

"We have resolved to take some collective action because of this lack of seriousness about our plight from government.``

NAN reports that SSAEAC is one of the PHCN unions.

 - NAN

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