Staff of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), on Monday foiled an attempt by officials of Trade Union Congress (TUC) to picket the headquarters of the company, following alleged unresolved labour matters.
The TUC officials were led by the national President, Mr Boboi Kaigama, and some national members of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC).
The labour matters, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered was between SSAEAC national leadership and the management of TCN.
NAN also gathered that there were also unresolved labour matters between the SSAEAC national executive and the TCN branch of SSAEAC.
However, the TUC officials in company of some national members of the SSAEAC were prevented from picketing TCN headquarters as workers went about their duties unhindered.
The scene almost turned violent, but for the intervention of security personnel at the gate of TCN.
The security officials ensured that movement of staff and other officials of the Ministry of Power were not interrupted.
The President of SSAEC, TCN branch, Mr Dairo Abidemi told journalists that the planned picketing of TCN headquarters was sponsored by the national leadership of SSAEAC, having lost the cooperation of TCN branch of SSAEAC.
He said the SSAEAC national body had mismanaged superannuation fund and monthly subscription of SSAEAC members in TCN branch.
He said the national leadership of SSAEAC misinformed TUC on the issues at state, noting that the issues could be resolved amicably without picketing TCN.
“I still maintain that it is as a result of misinformation, these issues can be resolved amicably.
“The major thing we are after is that we don’t want to disrupt the supply of electricity because we don’t want anything that will bring down the national grid.’’
He said the TCN staff resisted the picketing of the office to avoid the collapse of the national grid.
“I know what it takes to build a grid when it collapses, we don’t want anything that will lead to economic sabotage.