TUC demands sacking of managing director of TCN
Trade dispute between labour and management of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), would not be resolved until Usman Muhammed is removed as managing director, Trade Union Congress (TUC) has said. The President of TUC, Bobboi Kaigama, who stated this in Abuja during a protest march against Muhammed, accused the managing director of employing favouritism in appointing key officers to man critical departments in the TCN.
He also accused Muhammed of engaging in gross violation of negotiated conditions of service, impunity, and attempt to undermine the welfare of workers in every possible ways.He said: “For us to even sit down and dialogue, the Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) must be removed. Picketing is a peaceful exercise no matter what anybody does including hiring of thugs. We are beginning to see strange things in the industrial relations in our country. Picketing is about displaying our discontentment about certain things that are happening in TCN and we decided to bring it to the notice of the management.”
Kaigama led members of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) to picket TCN premises in Abuja.He cautioned the Federal Government against retaining the TCN boss in its employ, saying his high-handedness and leadership style may jeopardise many of the reforms that have been initiated in the power sector.
Kaigama also alleged that Muhammed hired thugs to disrupt their protest at the Kaduna and Lagos offices of TCN, saying such actions will only embolden them to continue the picketing exercise.While calling on the protesting workers to persevere, Kaigama noted the struggle would be rough and tough but that labour would remain steadfast until they achieve conducive working atmosphere in TCN.
But the TCN has insisted there is no industrial disagreement in the company. TCN General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah said there was no iota of truth in TUC’s claim of industrial disharmony in the company.
He said: “Workers are of the view that an investigation be launched into the monumental corruption going on in TCN under the watch of the MD, he should stop the harassment and intimidation of our members and release promotion to deserving workers rather than to only those who are loyal to him.”“We are insisting that the picketing of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) must continue until our demands are met. The MD of TCN is behaving as if he is larger than life, including the President that appointed him.
“We also want an urgent investigation into attacks on our members by suspected thugs at the premises of TCN. What we are doing is legal why should a sane human being hire suspected thugs against peaceful workers.”
Accusing the president of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC), Chris Okonkwo of hiding under TUC after mismanaging public fund, Mba urged TUC not to allow itself to be used to pursue personal agenda.
“TUC was ill-informed by president of SSAEAC, Chris Okonkwo, who lost the support of TCN staff in his misguided bid to use the association to advance his selfish interest,” Mba said.
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