Monday, September 30, 2013

PHOTOS: PHCN Workers Demand Payment of Salaries, Stage Protest in Lagos

PHCN Workers Demand Payment of Salaries, Stage Protest in LagosSome workers of the nation’s electricity company, Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) started a peaceful protest in Lagos in the morning of September 30, 2013, Monday.
It has been learnt that the aggrieved staff of PHCN are protesting the non-payment of their salaries by the management despite plans by the government to handover the company to its new investors who will now run the electricity company.
The PHCN workers have been seen protesting at the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
Their main demand is the payment of their salaries before the take-over. Continue....
All the PHCN offices in Lagos were under lock and key, while the workers, serving or retired, carried placards with various inscriptions demanding for payment of their benefits.
Some of the inscriptions read: "Pay our money; we are ready to leave, "Over 50 per cent of workers’ benefits are still outstanding" and "FG should pay us before handing over."
In Auchi, the workers also stormed the major streets calling on the Federal Government to pay their entitlements before handing over to the new investors.
The Chairman of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Lagos State Chapter, Mr. Adeleke Ibrahim, said that the protest was because of government’s failure to pay them before handling the companies to new owners.
Mr. Ibrahim said that the Federal Government had not paid severance package, pensions and gratuities to about 50,951 workers as at September 27, 2013.
"It is expected that the agencies saddled with the responsibility of paying the workers’ benefits would have done that before officially handing over to the new investors.
"PHCN workers nationwide will not leave their offices until all our severance packages are duly paid by the government’s agencies saddled with the computation of the packages," he said.
At the Marina office, Eko Electricity Distribution Zonal complex, on September 30, 2013, Monday the protesting workers said only a quarter of the workers were paid to deceive the public and the payment had since stopped.
Accusing government of propaganda, deception and misleading the public with claims that it had settled the employees, the staff and pensioners said the government was misleading the public against them, whereas they have not been paid.
See more photos from the protest at the Marina office below:
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