May we appeal to your great union to allow us two weeks from the date of this letter to address the issues and come up with proposals toward acceptable resolution of all issues.”
By Saidu Idris
365Daily – The management of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has urged electricity workers to suspend their proposed strike which is scheduled to begin to begin on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.
Managing Director of TCN, Dr. Sule Abdulaziz, made the appeal in a letter to the workers on Tuesday, August 16.
The workers had threatened to embark on strike to drive home their demands. Among others, they are protesting the directive by the TCN board that all Principal Managers in acting capacity going to Acting General Manager must appear for a promotion interview.
The General Secretary, NUEE, Mr Joe Ajaero, had in a statement said that the directive contravened the workers’ conditions of service and career progression paths, and alleged that it was unilaterally done without the relevant stakeholders.
Other issues raised include stigmatisation of staff from the office of the Head of Service of the Federation from working in other areas in the power sector, and non-payment of December 2019 entitlement of ex-PHCN staff.
In his appeal, Abdulaziz said: “We are pleased to inform you that management has suspended the said proposed interview for those on acting appointment of Assistant General Managers and General Managers while we conclude discussion with the board.
“On the other two issues: circular from the office of Head of Service on stigmatisation of the defunct PHCN staff; payment of entitlement of ex-PHCN staff by market operator, the management has contacted the Honourable Minister of Power for his further action.
“In view of this development, we appeal to your union to stay action; please accept the assurances of our highest regards.”
Also, the Federal Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Jedy-Agba, in a letter dated August 15, 2022 to the union, said that the ministry was committed to proffering solutions that would be acceptable to all parties concerned.
“May we appeal to your great union to allow us two weeks from the date of this letter to address the issues and come up with proposals toward acceptable resolution of all issues,” he said.