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NUEE Protests, Causes Blackout in Benin

NUEE Protests, Causes Blackout in Benin

Due to the shutting down of sub-injection stations of the   Electricity Distribution Company by employees, there has been a black out in .

  have blocked entry into BEDC since Wednesday owing to their alleged  refusal of management to sign condition of service for its employees.

The union accused the company of disregarding collective agreement, refusal to pay arrears of salary for 32 months and non-payment of 2017 performance efficiency bonus.

The union’s grievances were expressed by the deputy president in charge of the Southern zone, Comrade Christian Omoneh after the police had invited the leadership for questioning over the alleged unauthorized protest.

Reacting to the protest, BEDC representative, Mr. , said some parts of Benin City were experiencing black out due to a faulty 60 mva transformer belonging to the Transmission Company of Nigeria and another cable explosion at the 150mva transformer at Ihovbor power plant.
According to him their grievance was as a result of the union’s request for BEDC to give loans to their members and pay Exit token above affordable level to staffs which is neither in accordance with what obtains in unionized private sector organizations nor in tune with BEDC financial reality in a growing power sector

He disclosed that BEDC declared  a trade dispute and wrote to the Federal Ministry of Labour requesting for their arbitration intervention after NUEE rejected the BEDC offer.
He further revealed that the company was surprised by the union’s actions which were without regard for the law.
“We are however surprised at the action of NUEE to embark on the picketing, without regard for the rule of law and legal process or recourse to BEDC Management, security agencies and the labour ministry.
“Management wishes to note the assault on some of our staff involved in the crusade against illegal activities on BEDC network during today’s picketing, an act which shows deliberate attempt to sabotage of our policy to eradicate illegality and improve power supply to customers. It should be noted that some injection substations are shut down due to this illegal picketing and assault taken against staff who are manning these locations in order to prevent customers,” he said.

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