280 MTN Staff Members Embraces Retrenchment As May Day Gifts
About 280 staff members of MTN has been shown the way out of the company on the eve of celebration of Nigeria’s 2017 Workers’ Day. Their disengagement from service by the Telecom is coming on the heels of current economic and operational reasons.
Insider source hinted that the Telecom was not yet done with the exercises of pruning its staff strength as it intends to reduce over 1,800 permanent workforce and contract staff by 25 per cent to allow for fresh strength in Nigeria’s harsh operating environment.
According to a source from Daily Sun, over 15 per cent of the company’s Nigerian workforce were shoved out in the exercise that reverberated across departments of the company including 200 permanent employees and 80 contract staff , ranging from new graduates to senior managers.
However, MTN is yet to release an official statement to that effect but a source disclosed that the major sack was woven round recession issues and the changing dynamics of the telecoms industry in recent times.
Before the effect of this incident ,MTN recently introduced the Voluntary Severance Scheme (VSS) to provide a window for one week in April, for persons who have served in MTN for five years and above to take up. And those who offered to opt out under the VSS were paid the equivalent of their three weeks gross salary for every year they worked with MTN.
“What that implies is that when an MTN employee works for five years, he would be paid three weeks of their gross salaries times five.”
Meanwhile, one of the affected employees said the sack was more of office politicking and the current economic situation that is biting hard on all the industry. He, however, added that over 200 of those affected had agreed to leave the company voluntarily under the scheme.
According to him, MTN has sacked 63 employees in 2009 and prevented them from securing jobs in the sector for four years; the case is still in court because the company kept appealing. He maintained that there was consecutive lay-off in 2013 and 2015 respectively by the telecom.
“This is not the first time, MTN is laying off staff, but, in fact, the sixth in a row. In 2016, some call center agents were laid off while others’ salaries were slashed by 67 per cent and forced to relocate to Ibadan. The 2017 major sack appears to be a May Day gift for the industry. MTN is the only telecom that has the largest incidence of staff retrenchment in the industry.”