AHMED MARI, Maiduguri
The Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Company (SSAEAC) on Wednesday embarked on indefinite strike, following the expiration of the two weeks’ ultimatum given to the management of the Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) to sign condition of service requested by the t two unions of the company.
Speaking to newsmen at the Yerwa Business Unit of the YEDC, the Secretary General of the Association, A. U. Dubagari, said: “Following the expiration of the two weeks ultimatum to the management of the Yola Electricity Distribution Company and refusal to sign the conditions of service dated 3/07/20019 all members are hereby directed to down their tools from today 10/07/2019 till further notice.”
The protesters holding placards with various inscriptions like “No more slavery in YEDC, “No to Dehumanization in YEDC”, among others, were singing solidarity songs and closing the gates of the unit and prevented the vehicles of the from going out.
It would be recalled that in 2017, a tripartite committee consisting the management of YEDC and two unions of the company were set up to draw condition of service for the staff and also several correspondences requesting the company to expedite action and sign the condition of service of workers fell on deaf ears.
Dubagari said the strike became necessary following the failure of the 00management to sign the condition despite the intervention of the Federal Ministry of Labour and the expiration of two weeks’ ultimatum contained in a letter dated May 9, 2019 with reference number NUEE/ SSAEC/JAC2019/1001/109 to act within one week.
The association therefore called on the general public to be patience and bear with them as they pursue their legitimate right.