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PHCN: FG, Labour Talks Inconclusive, Continues Today

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Talks between the Federal Government, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) over the issues of gratuity and pension of workers of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) were inconclusive with all parties agreeing to re-convene today at 4:pm.

Briefing newsman after the three and half hours meeting which held at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), President General of the TUC, Peter Esele said the labour centres have made certain requests from the representatives of the Federal Government and the management of the PHCN.

“Government made an offer and what they were talking about is that they want to pay 15 per cent from 2004 – 2012 while the other 25 per cent would be pre-pension act reform. But we are saying the defined benefits scheme that was available should still remain in place, so tomorrow we would look at all the naira and the kobo that would resort from that,” he said. He added that the outcome of today’s meeting would determine whether to declare a stalemate or to move forward.

The meeting commenced at with the SGF, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji, his Labour counterpart, Chief Emeka Wogu, former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Dr. Timiebi Koripamo-Agary, Acting President of NLC, Promise Adewusi, TUC President-General, Peter Esele, TUC Secretary General, John Kolawole and Secretary General of the National Union of Electricity Employers (NUEE), Comrade Joe Ajaero in attendance.

Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji left the meeting at 5.47pm. The talks which commenced two weeks ago were shelved last week to allow for intense negotiations with members of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) who had stopped the supply of fuel to Abuja and were threatening to embark on a nationwide strike.

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