NLC workers protesting at MTN office

Telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria has denied has denied that the telecommunications company engaged casual employees.

The Human Resource Executive of the company, Mrs Esther Akinnukawe, debunked the claim on Wednesday.

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“We do not have casual employees in MTN; I am not aware that MTN engages in casualisation.

“The company partners with `service providers’ to recruit workers,’’ Akinnukawe told journalists on Wednesday on the third day of MTN picketing by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

She fielded questions from journalists in Lagos at the MTN Nigeria Headquarters, Falomo, Ikoyi, Lagos, which has been under lock and key due to the picketing.

The NLC accused MTN of employing workers on casual basis.

The organised labour also alleged that the company prevented its employees from belonging to unions.

Akinnukawe told journalists that outsourcing was being mistaken for casualisation, adding that all MTN workers were full-fledged staff.

She said that NLC should dialogue with `service providers’ on how to resolve any employment issue.

According to the official, use of `service providers’ in employment was in line with international best practices.

The human resources executive said that the Ministry of Labour and Employment licensed operations of such service providers.

Meanwhile, the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, has denied the allegation that the congress destroyed MTN property while picketing the multinational company.

“We do not intend to do so, as that is not our objective. We are clear about our objectives, and we shall not allow anything to distract us.

“We are responsible workers and alive to our responsibilities,’’ he told journalists on the third day of the picketing in Lagos.

He said that NLC had been peaceful and orderly in the picketing.

The labour leader urged MTN Nigeria to respect workers’ right to freely associate, in line with constitutional provisions, adding that the congress was committed to ensuring freedom of association for Nigerian workers.