Ikeja Electric has discontinued talks with labour unions over the recent disengagement of workers, stating that the negotiation was tending towards a proposition that would jeopardise transparency, employee performance and service excellence to customers.
Last month, Labour had picketed the electricity distribution company for three days over the disengagement of workers who failed to meet the company’s performance objectives and were deemed to be performing below standard.
However, the picketing was suspended after Ikeja Electric reached an agreement with the National Union of Electricity Workers, NUEE, and Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, to set up a committee to review the performance appraisal and competency assessment process.
According to the Head of Corporate Communications, Felix Ofulue, the company had to discontinue discussion because labour had insisted on a pre-conceived and irreversible position, adding that the review process was an exercise in futility.
Ofulue pointed out that labour preferred an arbitrary review in which reduced criteria would be applied to certain selected employees who are members of the union.
“While we remain committed to upholding best human capital processes and stakeholder engagement in fostering excellence in the workplace, there are indications that the propositions of certain actors in the negotiation process are against our resolve to provide improved services to our customers and are fixated on jeopardising our overall interest to move the industry forward so we had no choice but to withdraw in the interest of our consumers”, he added.
Ofulue noted that the electricity sector had suffered great setback over several decades of mismanagement and stressed that it was time to focus on applying quality human capital to salvage the situation.

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