The Trade Union Congress in the South-East on Tuesday announced plans to mobilise workers in the zone to shut down the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company.
The decision was in response to alleged unfair labour practices on the part of the EEDC management, which the TUC accused of treating the company’s employees as “slaves.”
TUC leaders from Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo states took the decision at a meeting in Enugu.
Leaders of the senior staff association of the electricity and allied industries union from the zone were also part of the meeting.
The TUC leaders asked the management of the EEDC to, within 21 days, recall about 200 disengaged employees of the company in order to avert the planned industrial action.
The labour leaders refused to disclose how they intended to shut down the EEDC but our correspondent learnt that there were plans to picket the electricity distribution company’s offices, among other measures.
The President of the Enugu State chapter of the TUC, Mr. Chukwuma Igbokwe, who addressed journalists after the meeting, said the disengaged workers were leaders of the EEDC staff union.
Igbokwe said the management of EEDC had been treating the company’s workers as slaves.
According to him, the EEDC management clamped down on unionism in the company and has also refused to pay outstanding entitlements of its workers.
The TUC leader also accused the company of indiscriminate arrest and detention of workers over spurious allegations of “meter cloning”.
He said workers who were eventually found to be innocent of the alleged crime, were simply told to return to work without any apology or compensation.
Igbokwe said the South-East TUC decided to take action against the company after its management refused to respond to several complaints it raised over the alleged maltreatment of the workers.