The Federal Government and labour unions in the power sector on Thursday night agreed to carry on with the physical handover of the electricity distribution and generation companies to their core investors today (Friday).
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Mr. Godknows Igali, said both parties agreed on the termination of labour-related matters and the handover process of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria’s successor companies.
The labour unions at the meeting were the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees and the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies.
After the meeting, the Federal Government and the unions signed an agreement that all labour issues would be settled before the concerned workers would be disengaged from the successor firms.
Igali said, “The issue of payment of severance benefits should be completed by Friday, November 15, 2013, but the concerned workers will only exit after full payment
“All cases of underpayment will be addressed not later than November 30, 2013.”
The President, NUEE, Mr. Mansur Musa, said on behalf of the unions, that the workers would not embark on the planned strike again today (Friday).
He called on the PHCN workers to carry on with their normal duties in their various offices, stressing that the government should not go back on the agreements reached.
“There will be work tomorrow for we just signed the agreement that all workers’ entitlements must be settled. We hope that the government keeps to this agreement,” Musa said.
The PHCN workers had threatened to withdraw their services nationwide if the government went ahead to hand over the power firms to their new owners without resolving the outstanding labour issues.
Information from Punch was used in this report.