The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), has declared war on the Trade Union Congress (TUC), pledging to fight against the Union’s intention to disrupt power transmission with protests.
The company disclosed this on Wednesday after it found out the Union members were planning to shut down its operations.
A closeup on the drama: The Trade Union Congress earlier notified Nigerians to prepare for power outage from Tuesday. Afterwards, attempts were made to disrupt power transmission in TCN headquarters. However, this was unsuccessful, as the organisation had been on alert since Monday following news of the impending protest.
Reason for the protest: The President of TUC, Comrade Bala Bobboi Kaigama, blamed the company’s poor handling of workers’ welfare and harassment/intimidation of the union members. TUC also demanded that the organisation releases promotion to the deserving workers instead of just those thought to be loyal to the Managing Director.
“We are insisting that the picketing of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) must continue until our demands are met. The Managing Director of TCN is behaving as he is even bigger than the President that appointed him.
“The monumental corruption in the company is alarming; we want investigation into the finances of the company under the MD.”
TCN has taken a stand: The Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies, TCN Branch, Abidemi Dairo, explained that he and some other employees were injured during the protest, but they would not relent in stopping the Union from trying to shut down power transmission.
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“Yes, I was injured when they (TUC) came to picket our headquarters as well as other stations on Monday. But what I want you to know is that we will continue to mount stiff resistance to such actions that aim to shutdown our operations.”