The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has asked Nigerians to seek alternative electricity as it announced that it would shut down the nationwide operations of the Transmission Company of Nigeria starting from Monday.
Reacting, the TCN described the move by TUC as ill-motivated, stressing that it was wrong for the labour union to claim that there was industrial disharmony in the transmission company.
Concise News learned that the plan by the TUC to restrict operations at the transmission firm had caused friction between the two major unions in the power sector.
However, in a message passed to workers at the Abuja headquarters of TCN, the trade union claimed that for some time now, workers of the transmission company had been subjected to inhuman treatment by the management of the firm.
The TUC stated that despite the interventions of labour, the TCN management had continued to disregard the Nigerian workers at the firm.
The union disclosed that the TUC directed its members to solidarize with the workers and ensure a total shutdown of electricity transmission facilities across the federation through the picketing of TCN offices nationwide on Monday, May 13, 2019.
According to the General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Ndidi Mbah, revealed that no iota of truth in the statement credited to the labour union that there was industrial disharmony in the company.
The transmission company said: “TUC was ill-informed by Chris Okonkwo, current President of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies, having lost the support of TCN staff members in his bid to use the association to advance his selfish interest.
“TCN management believes that TUC, unknown to the union, is being used by unpatriotic elements. TUC, as a law-abiding organisation, is expected to find out why Okonkwo could not secure the support of TCN staff members, NUEE (National Union of Electricity Employees) or SSAEAC, TCN Branch before accepting to lead the picketing of TCN.”
“It is on record that TCN receives less than 30 per cent of its revenue from the power distributors and yet it has been able to attain this unprecedented stride in grid expansion largely due to the support of the members of staff,” she stated.