By Victor Ahiuma-Young
LAGOS â€” WORKERS of Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, have given a 21-day ultimatum to its management to resolve lingering industrial grievances, especially monitisation, casualisation, balance of 150% salary increase, among others, failing which they would down tools.
In a 23 April 2010 letter to Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the PHCN, the workers, under the umbrella of the National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, claimed they had been receiving signals on alleged plans to dissolve PHCN without resolving pending issues with labour.
The letter signed by Comrades Joe Ajaero and Mansur Musa, General Secretary and President of NUEE, respectively, said development in the power sector since Acting President Goodluck Jonathan took over the reins of power seemed to suggests that there was no hope for labour in the sector and all the agreements it entered into with management of PHCN.
According to the letter, “given the responsibility assigned to some Nigerians represented by Prof. Barth Nnaji to be at the driverâ€™s seat, and the conflict of interest associated with these Nigerians in separating national interest from their business interests, the National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, wishes to unequivocally issue a 21-day ultimatum for the resolution of the followings.
“Contrary to the computation and agreement for the payment of monetisation arrears between 2003 and 2009 and all promises by the supervising ministry, we have observed that no conscious effort has been made towards the realisation of these items as contained in the last collective agreement.”