24th November, 2011
The Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja reached an agreement with workers of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) on the modalities for the payment of the 50 percent salary increase.
This was contained in a statement issued by Mr. Anthony Ozodinobi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Productivity.
The statement was issued at the end of a meeting between the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, Minister of Power, Professor Bart Nnaji, and the management and labour unions of PHCN.
The statement said that the meeting agreed that PHCN management should immediately issue a circular on the 50 percent salary increase table, which should take effect from June 1.
It said that the management of PHCN should also issue letters informing all staff of their new salaries reflecting the 50 percent increment.
The statement noted that the biometric verification should proceed after the issuance of the circular and salary increment letters to staff by the management of PHCN.
“No staff shall be victimised for the role played in the recent industrial impasse in PHCN in line with the International Labour Organisation’s Convention,” it added.
It added that all other issues raised by the unions at the meeting would be taken up at the next round of negotiations billed for November 30.
NAN recalls that workers’ of the PHCN embarked on an industrial action early this month over government’s failure to pay the 50 percent salary increase as agreed with labour unions in May.