Wednesday, July 11, 2018

MTN Nigeria in trouble over 'unfair' labour practice

MTN Rwanda in Kigali. The South African firm is
MTN Rwanda in Kigali. The South African firm is facing protests in Lagos, Nigeria over alleged unfair labour practices. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 
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South African telco firm MTN is once again in trouble in Nigeria, this time over alleged unfair labour practices.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the umbrella body of more than 60 national trade unions, has vowed not to relent until the company respects workers’ rights.
NLC members on Tuesday chased workers out of the MTN Call Centre at Ojota, in the commercial capital Lagos.
The congress President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, oversaw the disruption of operations at the centre on the second day of picketing.
Work condition
NLC members started picketing at the company’s offices across states on Monday.
Mr Wabba said the congress would ensure that MTN Nigeria adhered to labour rules and provided improved work condition for its employees.
"We removed the wire used in barricading the gate of the office (headquarters), and NLC members went in and chased workers out,” he said.
The congress is particularly aggrieved by MTN hiring workers as casuals and barring them from joining labour unions.
Mr Wabba alleged that MTN treated Nigerian workers unfairly, compared to their counterparts in other Africa countries.

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