By Victor Ahiuma-Young
IT was all joy for management and Organised Labour in the Power Sector few days ago as they signed the dotted lines of conditions of service document signaling a beginning of a new relationship to better the welfare of workers and move the DISCO to the level of enhanced performance and service delivery to customers.
To the leaders of the National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, and their Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies, SSAEAC, counterpart, it is freedom for workers and a blissful end to a struggle that began in 2014 after the sale of assets of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, and freedom for workers of EKO DISCO who now can truly be said to be employees with all statutory benefits.
Speaking before the signing, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of EKO DISCO, Adeoye Fadeyibi, assured consumers within its network of better power supply.
While lauding the unions for their support towards arriving at the conditions of service, declaring that the official signing of the documents was a great success to the company and power sector in general, he said: “Today marks another turning point in the company. It is a good day because the issue had lingered for years. I am celebrating today because both the management and the unions are agreeing on mutual understanding for the betterment of the company and workers.”
He added that the agreement would foster better understanding and mutual working relationship between the workers and management.
On his part, General Secretary of NUEE, Joe Ajaero, said the agreement was long overdue, insisting that there would not be enhanced performance without incentives and motivations, advising the management not to pay more attention to machine but on how to motivate workers to deliver enhanced service to the organisation.
“There is a written code now. It marks the beginning of the job for workers. Handle all the issues well for things to work well,’’ Ajaero said.
Similarly, Deputy President of SSAEAC, Adetunji Adeniran, appealed to the management to forgive workers who had committed any offence before the agreement and review their cases in the spirit of the conditions of service, since those actions and reactions were done before the conditions of service came into existence.