Telecom workers threaten services disruption over anti-labour practices

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PRIVATE Telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association (PTECSSAN) of Nigeria yesterday threatened to disrupt the activities of Huawei Technologies Nigeria if they kept denying workers the labour rights.

  The disruption may affect telecommunications services across the country.

The labour union issued the warning in a 14-day ultimatum within which management of the company should meet its demands.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, General Secretary of PTECSSAN, Okonu Abdullahi, alleged that the companies had resorted to intimidation and harassment of workers for attempting to organise themselves into a labour union.

He accused the management of issuing some workers warning letters to discourage them from exercising their rights to freedom of association, saying the company threatened to sack them.

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According to him, it had become the hallmark of the company to make workers perform their duties under duress, adding that the use of foul language on the workers was also prevalent in the organisation.

“All our efforts in the past to address all the labour related issues confronting the workers in the company have been rebuffed by its management. Ultimate of which is gross disregard and denial of the workers their fundamental right to Freedom of Association as enshrined in Section 40 of the Constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria as well as Section 12(4) of the Trade Union Act LFN 2004 and ILO Conventions 87 and 98. We are reiterating that if our demands are not fully and appropriately complied with by Huawei Technologies Nigeria Limited on or before March 12, 2021, we shall withdraw every guarantee of industrial peace within the company. Sadly, services may be disrupted across the nation throughout networks that Huawei is associated with from midnight of Friday, March 12, 2021,” Abdullahi said.

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