Union kicks, seeks reinstatement of sacked Globacom workers

By Abimbola Fashakin, Lagos 

The Private Telecommunications & Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PTECSSAN) has called on telecommunication giant, Globacom to reconsider the retrenchment of 54 workers, calling for their recall. 

The indigenous telecom firm sacked 54 of its engineers and the union has called for their reinstatement within 14 days to prevent industrial action against Globacom. 

In a statement signed by its National President, Oladapo Moses on Wednesday, PTECSSAN said the company did not give any reason for the sack. 

“On 15th July, 2016 the media was awash with the news that Globacom sacked 54 of its engineers. It is disheartening to note that these workers having put in years of rigorous and highly committed service were sacked without any misconduct. 

There was no reason alluded in the disengagement letter for the sack which is against Section 20(1) of the Labour Act as it bothers on redundancy,” the statement stated. 

“Moreover, how will the company with gross abuse of Expatriate Quota explain the sack of its locals when it has in its service foreigners in their hundreds who have spent more than five years working in the country despite having competent locals who can do the jobs well. 

“This persistent arbitrary sack of workers in Globacom and other telecommunications and communications sector will no longer be condoned by Private Telecommunications & Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PTECSSAN).  We are posed as a Trade Union to see that the interests and rights of workers in this sector are protected and enhanced.

The union however said, “We demand the immediate re-instatement of these workers within 14 days failure to do an industrial action shall be taken against Globacom.  While we await Globacom to do the needful we urge workers in the company in general and the sacked workers in particular to remain calm.

“We also solicit support of workers in the sector to co-operate immensely with us to ensure set goal and objectives of our Union are achieved. They should not wait until they are sacked before seeking out the Union for help,” it added.

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