Work­ers picket Jos elec­tric­ity coy over ‘anti-labour’ prac­tices

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From On­imisi Alao, Jos

Of­fi­cials of the Na­tional Union of Elec­tric­ity Em­ploy­ees (NUEE) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yes­ter­day locked out man­age­ment and staff of the head­quar­ters of Jos Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion PLC, the com­pany which dis­trib­utes elec­tric­ity to Bauchi, Benue, Gombe and Plateau States.

Act­ing sec­re­tary of the NLC in Plateau State and zonal sec­re­tary of North-east zone of NUEE, Com­rade Anthony John, said the ex­er­cise would last a full week or longer.

Ad­dress­ing his fel­low of­fi­cials, union mem­bers and jour­nal­ists out­side the pick­eted Jos Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany com­plex on Ah­madu Bello Way in Jos, John said: “Nigeria Labour Congress says no to the un­fair labour prac­tices. We want light, not sack of our mem­bers. We want for­eign in­vestors, not for­eign ex­ploiters. We de­mand the re­call of all our sacked union of­fi­cials.”

John said the union of­fi­cials de­cided to stage a protest against the com­pany be­cause it dis­al­lowed union­ism in the five months that it com­menced oper­a­tion, dis­missed union of­fi­cials among its staff, and uses con­tract as against fully re­mu­ner­ated staff.

“What has been hap­pen­ing be­tween Novem­ber and now is evil,” John said, adding: “Work­ers have the right to pro­tect their in­ter­ests; to have a union. But be­tween Novem­ber and now, the com­pany has not al­lowed union­ism. Sev­eral of our union of­fi­cials who fought for the rights of work­ers have been sacked.

PHOTO

Catholic Arch­bishop of Abuja, John Car­di­nal Onaiyekan (right) with Bishop Anslem Umoren, dur­ing the 2014 Cathe­draticum cel­e­bra­tion of Abuja Karu Dea­nary in Abuja yes­ter­day. ABUBAKAR YAKUBU

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