The Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Company (SSAEAC) has commenced indefinite strike, following the expiration of the two weeks’ ultimatum issued the management of the Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) to sign condition of service requested by the two unions of the company.
Addressing Journalists on Wednesday at the Yerwa Business Unit of the YEDC in Maiduguri, the Secretary-General of the Association, Barr. Umar Abubakar Dubagari said they were compelled to commence the industrial action due to the company’s management failure to address its demands
He said its members have been directed to begin the strike due to the expiration of the two weeks ultimatum issued management of the Yola Electricity Distribution Company and refusal to sign the conditions of service
Barr. Umar Dubagari explained that the strike became necessary due to failure of the electricity distribution management to sign the condition of service despite the intervention of the Federal Ministry of Labour and the expiration of two weeks’ ultimatum contained in a letter dated May 9, to act within one week.
The unions therefore appealed to the general public to impress it on the company to do the needful and bear with them as they pursue their legitimate right.
The protesters displayed placards with various inscriptions such as’’ No to Dehumanization in YEDC”, “No more slavery in YEDC, “among others, sang solidarity songs ,barricaded the gates of the unit and prevented vehicles from going in or out of the premises
Recalled that in 2017, a tripartite committee consisting the management of YEDC and two unions of the company was set up to draw up the 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.
The strike is affecting Yola Electricity Distribution Company areas of coverage that include Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Taraba.