Electricity workers protest, shut down operations in Lagos

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  • Seek recall of 400 staff ‘sacked in error’
The workers of Ikeja Electric, a Lagos-based power Distribution Company owned by Sahara Group, have presently blocked the entrance of the DISCO’s headoffice in Ikeja over allegations of casualisation and illegal sack of colleagues, among other labour-related issues.
The zonal secretary, Lagos and Ogun states’ chapter of National Union of Electricity Employees, Comrade Richard Aede, alleged that the management of the company had not been fair to its workers. For instance, he told The Point that some assistant managers earn more than some managers in the company.
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“Sahara Group treats the staff inherited from PHCN like slaves and the ones employed by the group are like kings and queens. The management has told us to dissolve the company’s chapter of the union and specifically warned us that it does not believe in the initiative. Over 400 workers were sacked few weeks ago without their severance package,” he also alleged.
Efforts to get the response of the company over the allegations were frustrated as its spokesperson, Mr Felix Ofulue told the correspondent that he is not available for now to react.
Meanwhile, the workers had issued a seven-day ultimatum to the company to recall the disengaged workers or face industrial action.