Senate Rejects Moves by MTN to Sack Nigerian Workers
The Senate has rejected moves by Mobile Telephone Network, MTN, to sack its Nigerian staff, Vanguard reports. And this comes after the telecoms company sacked over 500 staff.
In a chat with journalists yesterday, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Communications, Senator Gilbert Nnaji, said the Senate will no longer watch as the mobile network company disengages Nigerians. However, they promised to ensure that the company’s businesses aren’t threatened.
“As representatives of the people, we cannot fold our arms and watch our constituents oppressed by employers of labour,” Nnaji told the press, noting, “We cannot in any way tolerate such. At the same time, we shall ensure that our foreign investors are not unduly threatened.”
“When my attention was drawn to this ugly development, I immediately contacted the Managing Director of the company,” he added.
Two days ago, the telecoms company denied reports that it laid off contract staff but did not address claims that it made a staggering reduction in the salaries of many of the retained employees.
Now, Senator Gilbert Nnaji says the facts were ‘somehow misrepresented’ but agreed that contract staff were affected.
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