THE National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, South East zone has threatened to direct workers of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC to embark on industrial action if the alleged “dehumanising and slave treatment” being meted out to the workers by the management was not stopped forthwith.
The union said no fewer than 15 senior managers and storekeepers in Onitsha Business environment of EEDC had been arrested and now cooling their heels at Onitsha Police Area Command over allegation of “sharp practices in lowering electricity billing and metering for residents in Anambra State.”
Senior Assistant General Secretary of the union, Comrade Cyprian Ndubuisi Akoh, disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting convened in Enugu by NUEE leadership to review the problems confronting its members in the zone.
“We therefore call upon the relevant authorities including the EEDC Management to halt this management recklessness and effect the release of all those detained. Failure to do so, the union should not be blamed if our members withdraw their services,” Akoh said.
According to him, the arrests of the electricity workers was at the instance of their management on the ground that revenue has dropped in spite of their investments.