The National Union of Electricity Employees has accused the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) of allegedly implementing unfriendly labour policies.

The union also accused the company of subjecting its employees to poor work conditions in violation of labour laws. This is just as the Edo State Civil Organisations have called on the Federal Government not to review the operating licence of the Disco due to alleged poor performance. The Assistant General Secretary of the NUEE (Lagos district), Richard Kedee, who spoke during a protest in Benin, the Edo State capital, said, “The BEDC management does not observe labour laws and treats workers like slaves. There is no condition of service and they owe workers.”

But the management of the company said that it would not succumb to attempts by the union to impose the condition of service obtainable in the public sector on a private entity. On the renewal of its licence, the Disco said, “There is nothing like licence renewal; the privatisation exercise was a once-for-all transaction that transferred the assets of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria to core investors in the BEDC.”

Source: The Punch