Armed Security Officers Lock Down MTN Office In Kaduna Over NLC Protest’s On Ill-treatment Of Staff
Following a protest embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Kaduna chapter over the way and manner by which MTN treat its employees, about 20 heavily armed security officers of the state were seen guiding MTN office.
The security men were instructed to man the office in order to guide against any unlawful activities that the protest may cause.
Information available to NIGERIA NEWS revealed that NLC carried out the protest in order to address the alleged ill-treatment by the popular telecommunication company of its employees.
Addressing journalists during the protest, the Kaduna State NLC chairman Comrade Ango Adamu alleged that the management of MTN treats its employees and slaves and do not allow them to associate with the labour union.
Adamu further condemned the act of employing staff as casual workers as he emphasised that there is no casualization in labour rules.
In the words of Adamu, “What is being done in Nigeria cannot be done in South Africa. Casualization is slave labour and will not be tolerated.”
“We are here to request that the telecommunication outfit to comply with Nigeria labour law because we will fight against all forms of exploitation.”
Some of the labour workers were seen carrying placards and chanting songs with no to slavery lyrics.
The inscriptions on some of the placards read, “We shall overcome slavery, freedom comes by struggle, Workers rights are human rights, No to precarious work, yes to the dignity of labour, No to corruption yes to good governance. Workers should be given their pride of place”.
Commenting on the situation, the Area Manager of MTN, Kaduna office, Fatima Abba lauded the way and peaceful manner in which the protest was carried out but debunked the submission of the NLC that employees of the company are being treated like slaves.
Quoting Abba, “MTN only hires based on need and when such need is no longer needed, the person is disengaged and MTN does not hire contract the staff directly.”
She further revealed that has the management has not anytime asked its employees not to associate with any union. In her words, “MTN does not stop its staff from associating with any union, but it is voluntary for them and not compulsory.”
“The Kaduna office is closed within the picketing period for fear of any breakdown of law and order like it happened in some of their office in some states.”
She promised that the management of the company will deliberate on the matter and make necessary adjustments “I am however assuring that the management has noted their grievances and will do the needful accordingly,” Abba said.