Ex-PHCN workers protest non-payment of entitlements in Jos

The workers said the government has violated agreements both parties reached.

Electricity workers who were sacked after the privatisation of some PHCN subsidiaries, on Monday staged a rally to protest the non-payment of their entitlements at the Jos distribution office.

The former employees stormed the zonal office of the former PHCN, in the morning; demanding payment of their entitlement. Some serving workers also joined the protest. They said they had not been paid their salaries since the new management, Aura Energy Limited, took over management of the company from PHCN.

The protesters, about 100 of them, in a three page text, said the agreements they reached with the government have all been violated.

“Over ten thousand workers in the power sector have not been paid a dime as their severance entitlement. Over 25, 000 workers have not received their pension components. Over 5,000 workers who retired statutorily are yet to be paid their gratuity. Over 50 percent the electricity workers have been wrongly and illegally disengaged. About 3,000 verified casual staff have been verbally sent out of the industry without remuneration,” they said.

The protesters said the benefits of over 1,000 people who died in active service have not been paid to their families. They lamented that the pension deduction of about 48,000 workers from July 2012 till date has not been effected.

They appealed to the minister of power to help resolve the matter, which they described as “trade union right abuse.”

Officials of Aura Energy Limited were not seat when PREMIUM TIMES visited.

The Bureau for Public Enterprises, BPE, has repeatedly maintained that it has settled the gratuity and pensions of most of the sacked electricity workers nationwide with its latest figure announced on Monday as 43,375 workers settled.

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