Power supply in South East set to worsen as Labour moves against EEDC

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The epileptic power supply situation in the South-East may worsen if organised labour makes good its threat to pull out workers from all zonal offices of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) by next week in protest against the alleged anti-worker stance of the utility firm, The Guardian reports.

The present action of the workers was triggered by the alleged sacking of about 300 of their colleagues two weeks ago. This led to the picketing of the headquarters of the company in Enugu yesterday, causing total blackout in the zone. Also, unions shutdown the Abakaliki office of the distribution company for labour-related issues, leading to disruption of commercial activities in the Ebonyi State capital.

Thousands of workers drawn from the various unions – United Labour Congress (ULC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) among others – blocked entrances to the utility firm in Enugu as early as 7:00 a.m. with placards carrying various messages.