I had no clue Labour was threatening to go on strike. I am all in support of PHCN privatisation, and hope it is done right. Like I have been saying, we do not want another Transcorp-Mtel type of sale that would end up worsening the situation. We have suffered enough in this country on this whole power/electricity shenanigan.
The meeting between the Federal Government and organized labour yesterday over the deployment of armed soldiers to Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, and unresolved labour issues, which labour has threatened nationwide strike, ahead of the planned privatization of PHCN, ended in deadlock.
Though the seven days ultimatum by Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, to government over the crisis ends tomorrow, Vanguard gathered that both parties agreed to reconvene on Wednesday August 22, since Monday and Tuesday had been declared public holidays by the government .
It was gathered that labour delegation led by the leaders of NLC and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, insisted that the withdrawal of armed soldiers was a precondition for any negotiation.
According to Vanguard sources, the government side led by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, assured that before the next meeting, the issue would be communicated to the parties for appropriate action.