Labour pickets MTN offices over non unionism

Postal and Telecommunications Employee (NUPTE) on Monday picketed MTN in Ibadan over non unionism.
The Chairman NUPTE Ibadan Mr Olajuwon Olaide told newsmen at the MTN office, off Ring Road, Ibadan, that the union was sealing all MTN offices in all the states in the country.
Olaide said the union had been in talks with MTN for over two years to allow its members of staff to participate in unionism.
“MTN has been countering our decisions, which haven’t been favourable to both the union and the members of staff.
“In South Africa where they came from, their staff are participating in unionism but they are not allowing that in Nigeria.
“They are taking us for granted here in Nigeria and that has to stop. There should be equal right for all across the globe.
“This picketing is taking place across all the states where MTN offices are located and the sealing off are going on simultaneously,” he said.
Olaide said that in June, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Com. Ayuba Wabba visited MTN South Africa over the issue and he was mobbed.
“Comrade Wabba was disregarded over the issue and now we are taking the necessary action to correct all wrongs,” he said.
On picketing other organisations defaulting,  Olaide said that plans were underway to ensure that they were dealt with accordingly.
“The focus is not just on MTN but for all offenders and it is one step at a time. We will eventually get them all,” he said.
And in Bauchi, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Monday, picketed the telecommunication giant, MTN Nigeria offices in Bauchi, over anti-labour practices.
Bauchi State NLC Chairman, Comrade Hashimu Gital who led the picketing, said that the action was to advance issues of decent work and better conditions of service for workers.
“Every worker is entitled to better working conditions,” he said,  accusing the telecommunication company of regularly renewing employment contract with its workers as a way of shying away from the respiratory similitude of paying gratuity and pension to them.
“We are giving them three days as warning, as directed by the National office of the NLC in Abuja,’’ he said.
According to him, the company, at every three months, sacks its workers and give them a new contract.
“This is not acceptable. Our laws do not accept that, and those workers need to be liberated.
“We need to tell them that they need to respect the laws of the country; they need to also respect our own labour laws, but most importantly, they must respect human and trade union rights.
“Workers have dignity, workers are not slaves and therefore, all workers must be treated with the best of attention.
“Injury to the workers at MTN is an injury to all Nigerian workers,’’ Gital said.
‎All efforts to talk to MTN officials in Bauchi proved abortive, as those met said they were not allowed to talk on any issue pertaining the company.
“It is only corporate headquarters, Abuja that is supposed to talk, ’’said one of them.
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