The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has shut down MTN Nigeria offices in Bauchi over anti-labour activities.
This was disclosed by the state chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Hashimu Gital, who led the picketing yesterday. He said this is to advance issues of decent work and better conditions of service for workers.
He said that every worker is entitled to better working conditions, accusing the telecommunication company of regularly renewing employment contract with its workers as a way of shying away from paying gratuity and pension to them.
“We are giving them three days as warning as directed by the national office of the NLC in Abuja,” he said.
According to him, MTN every three months sacks the workers and give them a new contract. He said this is not acceptable, and that the law does not support that, adding that the workers need to be liberated.
“We need to tell them that they need to respect the laws of the country, they need to also respect our own labour laws, but most importantly, they must respect human and trade union rights.
“Workers have dignity, workers are not slaves and therefore, all workers must be treated with the best of attention.
“Injury to the workers at MTN is an injury to all Nigerian workers,”Gital said.
All efforts to talk to MTN officials in Bauchi proved abortive.