The National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, has stated that the privatization of Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, after four years of its sale, has brought more harm than good, to Nigerians.
NUEE’s President, Martin Uzoegwu, while speaking with the leaders of the union at National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in Lagos, instruct the organized labour to go on with war against privatization because of its negative consequences. According to him, privatization was “capitalism” which leads to exploitation of workers.
He said, “It is disheartened that after four years of privatization of electricity sector, some of our disengaged colleagues and members who had put in so many years in service to their father land are yet to receive their severance and benefits up till this moment from the federal government. For me, that is corruption, wickedness and man inhumanity to man. Privatization in capitalism, it leads to exploitation of privatized workers. It leads to casualization of workers. This is why we must continue to fight against privatization of our public institutions. This undeniably calls for the overhauls of our strategies to strengthen us for an integrative perspective in the industrial revolution. We note the need for genuine focus in the direction of the promotion and the effective utilization of our capacity in the entire idea of ensuring a sustainable development of our union model.”
The General Secretary, United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, Mr Didi Adodo, stated that it was disappointing that workers who are still in service were not paid their salaries. He thereby advised them to reconsider their schedule and make sure that if after the end of each month their salaries are not paid, they should stop going to work.