Electricity Workers Condemn EEDC Outrageous Bills

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The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has decried the incessant hike in electricity bills and other anti-people policies by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) in the South-East Geo-Political Zone.
Speaking to newsmen during a protest in Owerri, the Imo State Capital, the State Co-ordinator of NUEE, Comrade Augustine Mbakwe, explained that the electricity workers were protesting the EEDC’s incessant arrest and sack of its employees, anti-labour policies, high handedness and shortchanging of consumers through unreasonable estimation of bills.
He urged the management of EEDC to recognize the NUEE in line with extant labour laws so as to begin to dialogue with its employees over some pressing issues bothering them and the electricity consumers.
Comrade Mbakwe lamented that over 6,000 staff have been sacked without due process while some electricity workers were being arrested by the police without any cogent reason.
Also speaking, the state secretary of NUEE, Comrade Okezie Ugorji, disclosed that NUEE mandated them to picket Owerri Office of EEDC sequel to the company’s refusal to negotiate the workers’ welfare with the union.
Comrade Ugorji reiterated that EEDC management has continued to shun all labour laws, adding that the employees have been constrained to embark on the protest.
Adding his voice, an executive member of NUEE, Comrade Steve Ohiri, expressed dismay over lack of respect for the staff by EEDC and appealed to the Federal Government to intervene in the activities of EEDC before it is too late.

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