20 Jan 2015

PHCN workers protest non-payment of 16 months entitlements

Workers of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), under the aegis of National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), staged a protest in Abuja on Monday, demanding for the payment of their entitlements by the Federal Government.

The workers barricaded the entrance to the corporate headquarters of the company, in a protest they said would force the government to attend to their request.

According to them, the government has failed to pay their allowances for the past 16 months.

They also requested that the government should pay the death benefits owed families of their late colleagues.

Addressing the protesting workers, the General Secretary of the NUEE and the Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Joe Ajaero, advised the Federal Government to settle the workers entitlements and address the issue of power shortage.

“As we are standing here, some of our colleagues have not received their entitlements. only 90 per cent have been paid only 10 per cent is still remaining. An injury for one is an injury for all,” he said.

The Zonal Organising Secretary of the union, Comrade Temple Iworima, also criticised the planned take-over of the corporate headquarters of the PHCN without settling the entitlement of the workers.

Credit: Channels

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