Workers indict MTN over exit package for junior staff, unfair Labour practices

*The Private Telecom Senior Staff Association of Nigeria alleges MTN Communications that claims to be Investor in People (IIP Certified) cannot have a basic exit package for the Telco’s employees

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

For alleged failure to pay exit package to the telecoms company’s lower-cadre staff, the Private Telecom Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PTECSSAN) has tackled MTN Nigeria Communications Plc over unfair Labour practice.

ConsumerConnect reports  PTECSSAN in a statement also frowned on the inability of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, in Abuja, FCT, to compel the leading telecoms firm to honour Labour laws in Nigeria by implementing welfare package in accordance with the global best practices.

Comrade Okonu Abdullahi, General Secretary of PTECSSAN, in the statement said the Labour union expressed worries that the Ministry of Labour till now has refused to transmit MTN appeal, if any, to the arbitration panel as it is expected to do under the circumstance.

PTECSSAN said while it had continued to follow due process in resolving any industrial dispute with MTN Nigeria, the Telco rather, “has continually used all controls within its powers to scuttle every effort of PTECSSAN and cause disunity within its fold.”

The union further noted it wondered why the telecoms giant that claims to be Investor in People (IIP Certified), cannot have something as basic as exit package for its employees in the West African country.

The Labour union further stated that whatever MTN claims to have for its workforce is only enjoyed by the company’s Management Staff, while only a very little fraction goes to the lower level of staff.

According to the union, MTN pays exit packages to its Management Staff but refused to do same to the lower cadre.

It further claimed that all exited or sacked executives have been paid “humongous exit packages” but frowns at the staff of lower cadre whenever they ask for the same payment even as it claims IIP certified.

The statement as well noted that the telco’s Management enjoy US$15,000 as lifestyle benefit annually, whereas nothing no matter how little is given to the staff of lower cadre.

PTECSSAN also alleged that MTN pays school fees for kids of all its executives, but cannot extend the gesture to its lower cadre.

Besides, the union claims that MTN gives fuel, generator to its executives, and does not care about the lower cadre despite the inflation and fuel price increase in the country and would not want it mentioned by the union.

It further claimed that MTN pays about 80 percent of the executives’ take home as bonus but pays only 20 percent to lower cadre in the company.

The statement said: “In spite of all MTN has done for its workforce, including the executives, the total staff cost to revenue is barely 3.5 percent, which is so low compared to other organisations and banks in Nigeria, which are doing well above six to nine percent.”

The union, therefore, wondered why Federal Ministry of Labour is allegedly pampering MTN by refusing to take necessary measures to defend the Labour laws it is to protect as their (Labour laws) custodian in the country.

“The failure to bring recalcitrant employers like MTN to obey international best practices is a remedy for disaster in the place work,” PTECSSAN said.

It added that the most paramount benefit to the Union members is a befitting exit package, as PTECSSAN promised not to rest on its oars until it is able to achieve it’s objective in this regard.

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