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