Labour Minister resolves MTN employees industrial dispute

The Management of MTN Nigeria Communications plc and the Private Telecommunication and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PTECSSAN, have resolved their industrial dispute.

The resolution was reached at the instance of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige in Abuja, Nigeria.

The Association had on the 11th this month, issued a 14-day ultimatum to the management of MTN Nigeria plc to withdraw services if their demands are not met.

Addressing Journalist after over four hours of conciliatory meeting, Senator Ngige said that both parties have agreed on voluntary and involuntary severance scheme package conditions.

The Minister said, “where redundancy occurred the package MTN has on voluntary and involuntary severance scheme be maintained and any other situation arising from unnatural causes that gives a force majeure on the activities of the Organization.”

On the voluntary severance scheme, Senator Ngige noted that “when the employer decides to refresh the Organisation by injecting new staff to reinvigorate its activities, an employee can decide to embrace the scheme and will be entitled to the company’s exit package.”

According to the Labour Minister, “when an employee on his/her violation decides to leave the organisation without the above being applicable, the employee shall be entitled to the MTN package of 3 weeks of gross pay per completed year of service, among other conditions.’’

“The conciliatory meeting also resolved that, a status quo on the issue of unionisation of management staff should be maintained until the relevant provisions of S3 (3) and (4) of the Trade unions Acts, Cap T14, laws of the federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004 is amended as the present section is ambiguous and subject to different interpretations by employers and employees,” the Labour Minister added.

With the resolution reach, the 14 day ultimatum by the Private Telecommunication and Communications Senior Staff Association PTECSSAN to MTN Nigeria, has been withdrawn and the trade union dispute resolved.

The representatives of the Aassociation and Management of MTN Nigeria PLC appreciated the intervention of the Minister of Labour and employment and promised to cooperate for the progress of the Telecom industry in Nigeria.

Source: Voice of Nigeria