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If you’re to get monthly salary according to your current electricity debt, how much will you earn??

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Update: Electricity Workers Demands Law Of Jurisdiction.

…why embarking on the strike was wrong.


The Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) has urged the Ministry of Power to implement the law on the membership of its junior counterpart, the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE).

It also said the suspended strike of NUEE was illegal, because precedence was not followed.


The union said it had written the ministry of labour and employment, as well as the minister of power, stating why embarking on the strike was wrong.

SSAEAC President, Chris Okonkwo, told reporters in Lagos that the union also wrote a letter to the permanent secretary of the ministry of power on the issue.


“Our junior counterpart has taken over our members under the guise that they are senior staff and by that taken over 70 per cent of our revenue,” he said.

The Ministry of Labour had clarified the jurisdiction as provided in Third Schedule of the Trade Union Acts CAP. T14.


It explained that the case was similar to that of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) and the Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU), which was settled in court.

It said non-professional and non-stop administrative staff belong to NUEE, while civil service qualifications for senior staff are a minimum of OND or NCE or bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.


The exception, the letter stated, were those who joined the unions as non-professionals and who wish to remain in that position after being promoted to the senior rank.

The SSAEAC president said the union had laid out the points and demanded the implementation of union membership.


“All staff records are expected to be reviewed using their qualification status, and ranks and placed in the correct union membership and appropriate deductions made and remitted,” he said.

Okonkwo noted that SSAEAC was not against the unity of the two unions, but lamented that such efforts had often been frustrated by NUEE members.

He said: “We are committed to team up as a body in the power sector to fight the battle and confront the challenges together, but that must be based on proper commitment and not just a mere information as it happened during the strike by NUEE.

“We will take up the challenges presented to us on how we can work and fight our battles together.”


#Newsworthy…

Chris Ngige shade PHCN, says they can’t suffer Nigeria.

… says more investigations will be carried out

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has revealed that the recent strike embarked on by electricity workers centered on a power tussle between National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC).

The Minister who disclosed this on Channels Television Lunchtime Politics, said the strike action the electricity workers embarked upon over non-payment of a severance package for members who were affected by the unbundling of Power Holding Company of Nigeria PHCN into eleven electricity distribution companies (DisCos), six generating companies (GenCos), and a transmission company (TCN), caused the country billions of Naira and loss of lives.

Ngige also stated that he warned members of the unions against doing anything that will affect the nation adversely. He affirmed that more investigation will be carried out and relevant labour laws will be invoked on any of the union found wanting.

He said;

“My initial investigation as the Minister of Labour is that there is a power-play between NUEE and the Senior Staff Association of Electricity Workers who are domiciled there.

“There is a power struggle on who is senior and who is more potent in terms of effecting unionism and they have carried this on and inflicted the whole country with a power outage that has caused us billions of naira and loss of lives; it is unfair and I have told them not to do that.

“The unions are not ‘Omni-Sacrosanct’ that we can’t do anything to them, we will look at the issue and if they are liable, I will invoke the relevant sections of the labour act on that.

“The preliminary investigation shows that there is a power play, and they cannot use power play to punish the entire nation and make us lose man-hours, billions of naira and lose lives in hospitals that their generators are not working.”

On the dispute between the Ministry of Power, Distribution Companies (DisCos) and Generating companies (GenCos), the Labour minister blamed the electricity workers for the strike action while insisting that the rule of law must be obeyed.

He added;

“The rule of law is not for the government alone, it is for the citizens too. There are set laws for people to apply in industrial relations and all are encapsulated in the trade dispute act.

“Before somebody on essential service, of which electricity workers are one, can proceed on industrial action; you must notify your direct employers first and the onus is on them to convene a meeting, they then approach the labour ministry, the labour minister is there, that’s my work and they give the ultimatum and there are special forms called the ‘Trade Dispute forms’ which they fill and lodge in the Ministry; all that was not done.

“They just had issues with their direct employers which are the Ministry of Power, the DisCos which is mostly privatized with the government having just 40 percent while the investors have 60 percent.”

Ngige averred that the issue is between the DisCos and GenCos, with the Federal Government being involved in only the severance package.

“Some of the problems are in the DisCos, the GenCos and some with the government. The Government side of the problem is where they said that some of the people that were severed when those parastatals were privatized have not been paid off.

“The statistics are there and it is only about 600 persons that their cases are outstanding and out of those, 400 have been captured and sent to the Accountant-General of the Federation because what had happened is that all the monies gathered from the sales of privatization were expended in terms of the severance benefits and other allowances that were due to the workers that had to leave those DisCos and GenCos, so 98 percent of the money went in there.

“Shortfall in salaries is a continuous thing and is being addressed and it’s not even a government thing, it is with the DisCos,” he stressed.

#Newsworthy…

Electricity – PHCN workers suspend Nationwide strike.

The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has announced the suspension of its strike embarked upon on Wednesday. The strike was meant to draw the Federal Government’s attention to the plight of its members.

Speaking after the Union’s meeting with officials of the Federal Government, National President of NUEE, Joe Ajaero said the association has resolved to call off the one-day old strike action.

He said the workers’ grievances were addressed during the deliberation between the Union and delegation of the government. The meeting which started last night lasted till early today.

“We have concluded deliberations and all issues were addressed but we are awaiting implementation,” he said.

“Meanwhile, our strike action is suspended.”

Following the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum issued by NUEE to the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, to implement their demands, and the failure of the Minister to dialogue with the Union before the ultimatum which lapsed midnight Tuesday, a nationwide blackout was imminent as electricity workers began indefinite strike Wednesday morning.

#Newsworthy…

In – PHCN, electricity workers go on Nationwide indefinite strike.

..unresolved issues are illegal transfer

Electricity workers under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), began an indefinite strike today December 10th.

In a statement released by the Assistant Secretary General of NUEE, Anthony Sule, the union said the decision to down tools remained its only option since there was no dialogue with the Federal Government to resolve the lingering industrial crisis in the sector. The union had earlier given the Federal government a 21-day ultimatum to address its grievances. The ultimatum expired on Tuesday December 10th.

Sule said some of the unresolved issues are illegal transfer of union properties to power investors and the alleged refusal by some distribution companies (DisCos) to remit deducted contributory pension of their members of staff to pension managers.

He added that these issues were contained in a memo to the minister dated 7th November, 2019.

“The ministry of power has failed to resolve some issues affecting members of the union since 2013 when the power sector was privatised especially issues that with the over 2,000 disengaged former PHCN workers and their pay off.” the statement in part reads

#Newsworthy…