Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Why NLC shutdown MTN office in Calabar

NLC members barricading the entrance to MTN office in Calabar

| 10 July 2018 | Ukorebi Esien 

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Cross River state chapter has joined its national body to shut down MTN's office nationwide as it closed down the Calabar branch of MTN for what it described as lack of Unionization of its staff.

Speaking with our reporter, 
Comrade Godwin Amor, the state auditor of Nigerian Labour Congress said after several engagements with the management of the company which has failed to yield fruit, it was only logical and reasonable to embark on a three days picketing of the company.

He listed lack of staff welfare package, no maternity leave for female staff, lack of job security, nonpayment of minimum wage and other sundry matters as some of the hardship the non- unionization of MTN staff has brought on the staff.

The union leader went on to narrate the ugly situations where you hardly see an MTN staff remain on his job for up to six months without being sacked and replaced because over 80% of their staff are employed as casual staff. He stated that if MTN staff were unionized these wouldn't have been the case. 

When asked if MTN is the only telecommunication company in Nigeria whose staff are not unionized, his reply was:
"I wouldn't want to say so, but why we are starting with MTN is because there is the only company we have engaged for now and they have failed. By the time we are through with MTN, we believe other companies will sit up before we get to them".

Report reaching our news desk has it that MTN's offices in other states such as Lagos, Oyo, Kano and other states of the federation were also shut down by NLC.

According to the National Chairman of NLC, comrade Ayuba Wabba, MTN has the worst employer-employee relationship in the country, stating that the firm has violated all labor laws in the country.

Wabba, who stated that the telecoms firm has almost 100 percent of its workforce as casual workers, said the firm had refused its workers the right of workers to freedom of association and freedom to collectively bargain their condition of service as enshrined in the International Labour Organisation ( ILO ) convention.

A member of NLC, comrade Victor Manzer said that in workers in South Africa and Ghana are all employed as permanent staff unlike here in Nigeria where over 90% their staff are employed as casual staff. 
TDN learned that picketing will last for three days between 9th to 11th of July 2018.

Ukorebi Esien blogs for TDN where he tells the Nigerian story, one article at a time. 

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