Employees at the electricity authority (EAC) started a two-hour work stoppage on Thursday at 7.30am in a bid to pressure management and the government to meet their demands.
They want restoration of their salaries – cut in 2012 in an austerity drive — following a decision of the administrative court and to keep their private healthcare insurance despite the implementation of the national health scheme.
Although the administrative court’s decision cannot be enforced because it is being currently appealed at the supreme court by the state, the unions demand its immediate implementation regardless.
Unions have filed private criminal cases against the entire EAC board for contempt of the administrative court after it refused to grant them pay increases.
“Regrettably we are witnessing a deliberate and systematic drive to break down earnings and benefits earned over the course of decades. The finance ministry is the main protagonist of this drive,” read a joint statement issued by the four main unions.
Another grievance is the government’s intention to reinstate a dividends policy by which the EAC would again be required to divert part of its surpluses to the treasury.