Unions to clamp down on electricity firms without service conditions

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• Sign agreement with JED Plc
The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) have concluded plans to clamp down electricity distribution companies that have no condition of service for workers.

The unions argued that any of the Distribution Companies (DisCos) and the Generation Companies (GenCos) without condition of service for their workers has no business remaining in the power sector.

The unions stated this during the signing of conditions of service of the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JED) Plc. in Lagos.

They commended JED Plc. for the steps taken and promised to give the organisation the best co-operation to ensure its growth.

The President General of SSAEAC, Chris Okonkwo, who said JED has shown to be labour friendly, said other companies in the electricity sector must desist from denying workers their rights.

He warned that the unions would do all within their powers and the law to take firm stand against the erring firms.

“This is an opportunity to warn those companies that they can run but they cannot hide. We will within our powers and within the law take a firm our stand against them. They will be disgraced,” he said.

The General Secretary of NUEE, Joe Ajaero, said the signing of JED was timely, as the firm had saved itself from the indictment of the union.

He added: “The signing of JED is very timely as BPE is trying to shy away from its responsibility of revisiting the DisCos after five years. JED has saved itself from the indictment of the union because in the next few days, we will start a rigorous campaign that any of the DisCos and GenCos that has no condition of service has no business remaining in the power sector. What you have done today, in terms of human resource, you have fulfilled that condition. We must commend you for doing the right thing.

“Enugu and Egbin have been stealing our monies; they have consistently been pilfering with the check off dues of the union.”

Earlier, Managing Director of JED Plc., Mohammed Modibbo, who was represented by the companies Head, HR/Support Services, Abubakar Muhammed, affirmed that they would ensure total compliance with the conditions stated in the document.

Modibbo, who appreciated the co-ordination by the unions during the period of preparing the document, enjoined other companies to see the condition of service to be benefits of all members of the organisation as a unit.

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