The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) held a protest yesterday at the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) headquarters in Abuja and threatened to withdraw their service from today.
What’s the protest about?
According to PremiumTimes, which reported sighting the group’s letter mobilizing its members for the protest, the electricity workers were displeased with a TCN directive for some classes of staff to appear for interviews for promotion. “You are hereby enjoined to mobilize immediately for serious picketing of TCN Headquarters and Stations nationwide over the directive by the TCN Board that all PMs in acting capacity going to AGM must appear for a promotion interview,” the letter read.
How’s the TCN directive a problem?
It is feared that the days ahead may be dark as the union’s strike is expected to negatively impact the electricity supply in the country. The union, which also expressed displeasure over the non-payment of the entitlement of former staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in December 2019, said the TCN directive violates their terms of engagement. “This directive is in contravention of our Conditions of Service and Career Progression Paths and was unilaterally done without the relevant Stakeholders”, the union’s letter read.