Workers of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) on Monday commence an indefinite strike over non-payment of entitlements for over 20 months.
There are indications that as a result of the ongoing industrial action power supply across the AEDC coverage area which includes; Federal Capital Territory, Niger, Kogi and Nasarawa States may be in darkness as the workers has promised a total adherence to the action until their demands are met
EnergyDay can confirm that residents and businesses in the FCT are currently in darkness as many areas visited were without power supply from the AEDC.
In addition to staff demands for the payment of their 2020 bonus and other entitlements, they are also requesting for the remittance of pensions deducted by the company to their Pension Fund Administrators. They alleged that the remittances have not been made for the past 19 months.
When our reporter visited AEDC Gwarimpa Office, the gates were sealed at 8:11am.
“Pay the remaining: batches of 2020 bonus. Pension remittances (19 months). Third batch of bulk rent. Thrift deductions (17 months) and union check off dues (4 months). AEDC management pay us now!” a notice posted on the gate reads.
A member of staff (name withheld) who spoke to our reporter said the strike may take days depending on when their demands will be met.
At AEDC Lugbe Area Office, the members of staff are also on strike and are making the same demand from the AEDC management.
A notice placed on the AEDC Lugbe office gate stated, “Enough is Enough, pay us our outstanding pension remittance (20 months); thrift/corporative deductions (7 months); 2020 productivity bonus; payment of bulk rent and non payment of union check off bonus.”