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NIGERIA: NLC Continues Picketing PHEDC Offices in South -South

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Thursday continued its picketing of the facilities and offices of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) in the South-South geo-political region of the country with the sealing-off of the Uyo Business Centre in Akwa Ibom State capital.

The umbrella body of workers in the country had embarked on the same exercise in some other states of the region with the latest being Akwa Ibom State.
When Thisday visited the Uyo Business Centre located on No. 3 Ekpenyong Street, close to Wellington Bassey Way to the State Government House, the one-time busy office was totally deserted with officials of National Security and Civil Defence Corps and other operatives maintaining security.

The State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Unyime Usore said the decision to picket the office was informed by sundry issues which other regions especially in the Northern part of the country have implemented.
Issues or complaints raised by the NLC against the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company include, non payment of severance benefits to disengaged workers, arbitrary billing of customers, removal of Akwa Ibom indigenes from management positions and anti-union position.

Usoro told Thisday that the new company of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) was yet to pay terminal benefits to all disengaged workers of the company, staff casualisation, as well as none payment of leave benefits.

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