Workers’ disengagement followed due process – MTN Nigeria

MTN Nigeria has said that the decision to disengage about 280 workers on Friday, April 28, 2017, reported by BusinessDay, followed due process and was taken to maintain a healthy and highly motivated workforce in the organisation.

“MTN is a diverse community of committed change agents, brought together in pursuit of a common goal – driving growth and transformation by sharing our technology,” said Funso Aina, PR and Protocol Manager, MTN, in a statement sent to Business Day, “Our people are our greatest asset, each individual’s knowledge, experience and ideas contributes to our continued growth and improvement, as such ensuring a healthy and highly motivated workforce is a priority for us.”

Prior to easing out the workers, MTN Nigeria had implemented a Voluntary Severance Scheme (VSS), which was designed to balance individual employee needs with business exigencies.

The program design was achieved after consultation with elected employee representatives.

Details of the program include provision of financial incentive and opportunity for employees who have worked with MTN for over 5 years to pursue other career interests and personal ambitions full-time, while increasing opportunities for professionals with a fresh perspective wishing to join the MTN family.

“Its successful conclusion last week makes it possible for MTN to tailor the competence and experience base of its workforce to meet technology shifts and future business needs. MTN is unrelentingly committed to Nigeria, and continues to execute its strategy of attracting, developing and retaining the best Nigerian talent. This is in line with the ongoing business transformation to drive sustained growth and thereby facilitate MTN’s continued role as a partner for progress and socio-economic development in Nigeria,” Aina.

Based on informed sources, BusinessDay had reported that MTN Nigeria sacked 280 staffers, which represented about 15 percent of its workforce. Most of the affected staff had spent between five and 15 years in the company’s employ. MTN kick-off operations in Nigeria in 2001. The sources had confirmed to BusinessDay that the telecoms company wanted to inject new blood from the more tech savvy generation into its operations.

BusinessDay also reported that MTN put out a notice in March for those who might wish to voluntarily disengage from the company under its VSS, giving a one week window which expired on Thursday, April 27.

“The Management of MTN appreciates the contributions of former colleagues and wishes them well in their future endeavours. Our focus at this time is securing the well-being of employees as we work together to forge the future, and deliver exceptional quality to our customers,” Aina said in the statement.

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