PHED denies plans to sack 120 workers

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Port Harcourt Distribution Company (PHED) says it is not true that it is planning to off-load 120 workers as the COVID-19 rages on. The Public Relations Officer (PRO), John Onyi, said so in a statement issued on Monday, June 1, 2020.

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The allegation of the Union is very surprising to us because we are not aware of any move by the management to sack over 120 staff members and I wonder where such news is coming from.

Management is particularly surprised because the management of PHED has repeatedly offered a hand of friendship and an open door policy to dialogue with the Union in the pursuit of the shared objective of promoting the welfare of our staff. The Union did not take advantage of this open door policy to verify the unfounded reports credited to them.

Management in recent times reviewed the organizational structure where all staff were strategically aligned for improved service delivery and this move was intended only to streamline the workforce for value optimization. There is no iota of truth to the suggestion of staff downsizing at this time.

On condition of ‘ forwarded to the Union. We expect the cooperation of the Union in activating the service conditions formally as management has regardless been always focused on the welfare of its staff.

We would also like to state emphatically that there is no plan whatsoever to witch-hunt and Member State of the company especially Rivers State that has created an enabling environment for PHED to thrive.

Currently, we are partnering with the Rivers State Ministry of Power to ensure improved power supply in the state, therefore, there is no rancour between PHED and Rivers State Government in whatever capacity. Nobody should cause disaffection between PHED and the Government.

Let us use this medium to reiterate the commitment of management in promoting industrial harmony with the Union and expects a collaborative approach from the Union in the handling of staff matters. We assure the Union of a partner in the management of PHED.

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