Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Seals Off MTN Office In Akwa Ibom State
Akwa Ibom State chapter of The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has sealed off offices belonging to telecommunications company, MTN along Ikot Ekpene, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.
The issue is that Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) wants MTN to give full employment to its staff. “NO MORE CASUAL STAFF”, they yell. NLC says if MTN fully staff their workers, the workers will have the right to form unions and join unions. NLC is of the opinion that using casual workers in all MTN distribution centres and even their head office is unconstitutional.
MTN however, denies preventing its employees to freely unionise. “We do not prevent our employees from associating among themselves as they deem fit and we owe our employees the obligation to ensure they are not compelled to join associations.”, MTN says.
So, in your table-shaking opinion, should MTN fully staff its workers? Is there anything these workers are missing as casual staff? Will it spell doom for casual workers that are fully staffed in MTN and any other organization, if they refuse to join the labour or any other union?
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Nigeria Labour Congress in Oyo State has also sealed off offices belonging to MTN across Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Led by the NLC chairman in the state, Mr Waheed Olojede, executives and some members of the union marched to seal the offices for their alleged refusal to allow employees join labour unions.
Meanwhile, the organisation in a statement signed on Monday by its Corporate Relations Executive, Tobechukwu Okigbo explained that the protest by NLC where officials picketed their offices across the country was needless.
They also alleged that some of their workers were injured during the protest.
Olojede, however, told journalists that the 3-day closure is a warning to the conglomerate to allow the commencement of dialogue to fashion out modalities and rules of engagement.
He added that until the company decides to tow the path of decency and allow better labour relations among employees, the offices will remain closed even across the country.
The labour leader also noted that other telecom companies will be treated the same way but that the NLC decided to start with MTN because it is the largest in the country.