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Union Shut Down Ikeja Electric Over Workers Disengagement

Following the discontinuation of talks between Ikeja Electric with Labour over the recent disengagement of workers, the union on Monday stormed, barricaded the corporate headquarters and other facilities of the electricity distribution company.

Lamenting the incidence on her official Twitter page @IkejaElectric, the power distribution company described the labour union’s act as a sabotage to shut down power supply at a time when there is abject fuel.

Recall that last month, Labour had picketed the electricity distribution company for three days over the disengagement of workers who failed to meet the company’s performance objectives and were deemed to be performing below standard. However, the picketing was suspended after Ikeja Electric reached an agreement with the National Union of Electricity Workers (NUEE) and Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to set up a committee to review the performance appraisal and competency assessment process.

Monday’s action by the union followed the discontinuation of talks between the company and Labour early in April.The company and workers agreed to the talks as a way forward after last month’s strike following disengagement of workers. The strike completely crippled power supply in the country’s economic capital.

IE said it had discontinued the talks because “the negotiation was tending towards a proposition that would jeopardise transparency, employee performance and service excellence to customers.” Labour responded by shutting down the company’s operations in Ikeja and other facilities.

Last month, Labour picketed the electricity distribution company for three days over the disengagement of workers who failed to meet the company’s performance objectives and were deemed to be performing below standard. However, the picketing was suspended after Ikeja Electric reached an agreement with the National Union of Electricity Workers (NUEE) and the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to set up a committee to review the performance appraisal and competency assessment process.

Ikeja Electric’s Head of Corporate Communications, Felix Ofulue, said the company discontinued the talks “due to a clear determination by representatives of Labour to stick to a pre-conceived and irreversible position that the process was flawed. Therefore, the review process was an exercise in futility.

Source: Vanguard Nigeria

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