The Nigeria Labour Congress said plans have been put in place in its arrangements to call workers in all sectors in the Country on an industrial strike, in solidarity with workers of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN). It stated that the workers are being treated unfairly by the Ministry of Power, over the planned privatisation of the PHCN by the Federal Government.
A strike mobilisation committee has been set up across the Country, in preparation to the planned strike action, which it said would commence immediately if there was a deadlock in their meeting with the government next wednesday.
The NLC addressed the press on Friday in Abuja, through its Acting President, Promise Adewunmi and Acting General Secretary, Chris Uyot respectively. On the impasse, in negotiations between workers of PHCN and the Federal Government, accused them of being insincere in settling the disputes.
The Union said the Federal Government failed to fulfil their promise on its demands that soldiers should be called off from the PHCN facilities, as well as immediate payment of July salary to all PHCN workers for reasonable negotiations to commence. It said it was not ready to accept any further excuse from the Federal Government, if the next scheduled meeting which holds on wednesday, does not meet its demands immediately.
The Labour thereby urged the Federal Government to create an enabling environment for a peaceful and meaningful dialogue to be reached. It also asked the government to call to order,the Minister of Power, Professor Barth Nnaji, saying the minister has resorted to negative comments against the workers.
“We hereby call on the Federal Government to do the basics, by creating an enabling environment for a meaningful dialogue to resolving issues, by asking the Minister of Power to withdraw soldiers from PHCN offices nationwide and set up a high power committee to sincerely confront the issues at hand”, it said.