NUEE warns Kaduna Electric against modern slavery
By Ojo Shola, Kaduna
National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has warned the management of Kaduna Electric to stop the slave labour employees in its organization are currently subjected to.
Assistant General Secretary (North-West) of the Union, Comrade Moses Amedu, in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna stressed that “the newly recruited employees have been conditioned to slave labour by the management of Kaduna Electric, alleging that their salary is not defined and not treated with dignity.
“They work at odd hours, including public holidays without compensation, right tools and conducive work environment.
“Considering the above abnormal and unconducive working atmosphere in Kaduna DISCO, the union hereby urge the company management to suspend or cancel all plan action that are capable of igniting industrial disharmony within the system and take step to organized a well constituted forum with labour unions to trash out the aforementioned issues.”
The union said the company should be held responsible for the consequences that may arise as a result of failure to address the issues bordering on workers working condition and welfare.
The union said it has watched with deep concern the unfolding industrial disharmony in Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KAEDCO), otherwise known as Kaduna Electric, resulting in what it called disruption of operations in electricity supply to Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi State, mainly from casual workers in the company.
The union equally alleged that, “the management has also unilaterally slashed down staff salaries and allowances without recourse to labour unions in the industry, the legacy staff with vast experience who should have been embraced to transfer knowledge to the newly recruited officers were sent away without recourse to the result of the interview conducted for them.
“The company is careless also about the health of the staff. The retainer hospitals were abolished the very first month of taking over and no attempt to provide option for the staff not considering the hazardous nature of the job which has caused the lives of some of our staff.
“We call on the Board of Directors to urgently look into the operations of KAEDCO as well as re-composition of the management with a view to repositioning the company in order to strengthen it in. Line with modern and best world practice in electricity industry.”
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