TUC,ULC MEMBERS DISAGREE OVER ATTEMPT TO PICKET POWER STATION IN OSUN
A clash was averted on Monday at the premises of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Osogbo sub-regional office, as members of the Trade Union Congress and the United Labour Congress, disagreed over an attempt to picket the power station.
The presence of armed soldiers, operatives of State Security Service and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps at the two entrances into the power station prevented the two rival union groups from engaging in a physical fight.
Comrade Adekola Adebowale, the TUC chairman in the state had led members of the union to the second gate of the power station around 7:00 a.m. and attempted to enter into the premises to protest alleged maltreatment of staffers by the TCN management.
TUC members, who were armed with a large banner denouncing the maltreatment of workers had blocked the gates into the premises of the company and disallowed many staffers from gaining entrance.
But some workers, who belonged to ULC met security operatives at the gate and expressed displeasure over the blockage of the gate by TUC members, leading to a heated argument between the two unions.
In a chat with our correspondent, State Chairman of the TUC, Comrade Adebowale, said the union was not happy with the way Managing Director of TCN had been treating members of the union, who are senior staff of the company.
“The following are our demands from the management of this company, withdrawal of queries issued to SSAEAC officers, disbandment of illegal COS review committee, withdrawal of all circulars on Labour matters.
“Others include; review of all promotions, transfers and sanctions in the last one year and restoration of rights of SSAEAC including check off dues, membership processing, vehicle and other supports given to other unions, given to expelled SSAEAC members amongst others,” Adebowale said.
Reacting, a national officer of United Labour Congress, Sodiq Adewale, said TUC had no member in TCN.
He warned that ULC would resist the attempt to prevent workers in the power station from performing their legitimate duties by TUC.
A senior staff of the power station, who identified self as Ajayi Omoniyi, in a chat told newsmen that no senior officers of the TCN was being maltreated by the management.
“When we got notice on Friday that TUC wanted to picket this premises, we immediately wrote a rebuttal.
“Union of senior staff of this company is an affiliate of TUC, but we are telling them that we don’t have any issue with our management. Some people are behind this and TUC should not listen to them,” Omoniyi concluded.