Em­ploy­ers cau­tion unions against pick­et­ing of power sta­tions

Daily Trust - - ELECTRICITY - From Mo­hammed Shosanya, La­gos

The Nigeria Em­ploy­ers’ Con­sul­ta­tive As­so­ci­a­tion (NECA) has cau­tioned labour unions against pick­et­ing of elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies on the ground of anti-labour ac­tiv­i­ties.

The ad­vise came on the heels of the shut­down of Jos elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany, last week, and planned pick­et­ing of oth­ers by the unions in the na­tion’s elec­tric­ity sec­tor.

Speak­ing in La­gos at the weekend, Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of NECA, Mr Oluse­gun Oshi­nowo, ex­pressed shock over the de­vel­op­ment, say­ing it con­sti­tuted a gross vi­o­la­tion of the coun­try’s labour laws.

He said since the Federal Govern­ment has ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for the pay­ment of work­ers of the Power Hold­ing Com­pany of Nigeria (PHCN),there was no ra­tio­nale for the unions to threaten the new own­ers of the as­set over com­pli­ance with the sev­er­ance pay.

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