MTN given 14-day ultimatum to deal with worker welfare

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MTN Nigeria Telecommunications Plc has been given a 14-day ultimatum by the Association of Senior Telecommunications and Communications Managers of Nigeria to deal with issues affecting the welfare of workers or face industrial action.

The association further said workers would cut service across the country if MTN failed to meet the deadlines.

Association President, Opeyemi Tomori, in a statement signed alongside Secretary, Okonu Abdullahi, instructed MTN to respect and adhere to international best practices as set out in Conventions 87 and 98 of the International Labor Organization.

It said, “You may recall that at times in 2019 a similar ultimatum was issued, but for the timely intervention of the Honorable Minister of Labor and Productivity, the intended action did not take place.

“As was the case that year, the company continues to be determined to listen to the cry and the demand of its workers, who are members of our union.

“As daunting as these issues were raised at the time, our union strongly believed that the collective agreement, if negotiated in good faith and signed by both parties, would go a long way to addressing the concerns of workers in the organization.

“Unfortunately, the company has remained adamant, insisting that all working conditions for workers, as set out in company policy, must remain so and cannot be negotiated. This voids the agreement they had so far signed at the Department of Labor to fully negotiate workers’ terms of service.

According to the association, while MTN claims respect for freedom of association and the right of its employees to belong to it, the company continues to refuse to negotiate collective agreements with it.

He added that his MTN members have non-existent mutual negotiated exit benefits, are exposed to discriminatory pay/benefits and ridiculous/inhuman pension benefits.

PTECSSAN said: “As a responsible union, we will not allow the company to continue ignoring the relevant laws of the land that protect the rights, especially the organizing and bargaining rights, of workers, therefore, we demand the following :

“That the management of MTNN agree to a two-week physical meeting to conclude the ABC negotiation and sign the document. That the union will no longer participate in any meeting without the presence of the CEO and the Head of Human Resources.

“That the management of MTNN immediately lift the embargo it has imposed on certain workers to join the union by communicating to them (employees of level 3 and above) that they are free to join the union since membership is , in the first place, voluntary.

“Let the management of MTNN immediately end an odious policy that threatens union membership.

“That MTNN fully recognize the union as the sole bargaining body for its members and that anyone among the employees benefiting from the negotiated elements of the union must be prepared to pay their dues.

“That if any of these demands are not met by Wednesday, February 23, 2022, we will mobilize in conjunction with other sister unions affiliated with Nigeria Labor Congress workers inside and outside company for industrial action that will compel your management to grant our demands.”

Source: Naija News

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