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AEDC, unions agree on 10-month salary for disengaged GMs

Operators of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and the unions have negotiated a 10-month salary package for the General Managers (GMs) that will be…

Operators of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and the unions have negotiated a 10-month salary package for the General Managers (GMs) that will be disengaged.

This is according to a Memorandum of Understanding of the conciliatory meeting held Thursday between the board/management, the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC). 

UBA had taken the DisCo in receivership since late 2021 over failure of the investors to repay the acquisition loan. In January, the interim management of AEDC backed by UBA disengaged the GMs said to be about 40 in a reform. The unions protested the mass action, causing an outage across the DisCo’s franchise area. The parties had reached a truce, recalled the GMs and began negotiations.

The latest MoU is said to be the fruit of the negotiations. 

“That the GMs being exited under this arrangement shall be paid 10 months salaries less statutory deductions and other outstanding obligations to the company.

“That the payments to the GMs shall be made in two equal installments; the first at the end of February 2022 while the second shall be made not later than 31st May 2022,” the MoU stated.

It was also agreed that the DisCo would retain all acting GMs who had not been earning the salaries of GMs instead of disengaging them. 

“That a letter be written to each of the GMs in such acting capacity reverting them to the position of Senior Managers and assigned new roles within the company,” the MoU also read. 

  The parties also agreed that any GM having a pending disciplinary action shall remain a staff of AEDC pending the conclusion of their case and “shall not be part of this arrangement except the case against him/her is determined in his/her favour.”

The management shall deduct 2.5 per cent from those that belong to either of the unions and 3% from non-members as benefits to NUEE and SSAEAC.

“That the parties have agreed to unfailingly implement the terms of this agreement,” concluded the MoU signed by the respective parties.