Disengaged workers of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) have sued the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) for unpaid severance allowance. Joined in the suit were PHCN, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and the National Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO).
The workers, who were mainly contract staff, were sacked two years ago.They said they were wrongly disengaged in 2013 without due process, claiming that the process was unjust.
At the Industrial Court, Akure, the Ondo State capital, the sacked workers carried placards with various inscriptions. Their counsel, Ifedayo Olanipekun, said the workers were verbally dismissed.
An aggrieved ex-worker, Tunde Bada, said they were laid off verbally without any accompanying letter.He said the management assured them that government would pay them.Justice N.A Ubaka adjourned the case till February 16.