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Union Raises Alarm Over Decent Work Deficit In Telecom Industry

By Akwashiki M Abiola

National Union of Postal and Telecommunications Employees (NUPTE) on Monday challenge employers, especially private Telecom Companies operating in Nigeria to respect decent work principles and the right of workers to form and belong to a union of their choice without restriction.

Speaking on the sideline of 2019 World Decent Work Day, NUPTE President Comrade Buba Nehemiah also raised an alarm over decent work deficit such as casualisation, outsourcing, 0ccupational Health and Safety, job security, lack of social protection, poor wages, lack of overtime pay and other entitlements persist in MTN, GLO, 9Mobile, Airtel, RT-Com, and IPI power tech.

Comrade Buba further asked the companies to stop sexual harassment and create space for crèche and allow women at Maltay, C and I, Philips outsourcing conform on the right to organised aswell as allowing collective bargaining accordance with convention 98 and 154 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The NUPTE president while speaking on the theme of this year’s decent work day said ‘invest in care for gender quality, further grant credence on the need to respect gender issues in the Telecom industry.

According to him “NUPTE is calling on the private Telecom’s and corrier companies to respect decent work principles and rights of workers to form and sign up to the union. Decent work deficiency such as casualization, outsourcing, occupational health and safety, job security, lack of social protection, poor wages, lack of overtime pay and other entitlements persist in majority of private Telecom companies such as MTN, GLO, 9Mobile, Airtel, RT-Com, IPI power tech.

“Invest in care for gender quality as theme for this year’s World Day For Decent Work, further grant credence on the need to respect gender issues in the Telecom industry especially. Stop sexual harassments, create space for creches and allow workers to conform on the right to organize and collective bargaining convention 98 and 154 of International Labour Organization (ILO) which Nigeria is signatory as well as section 24 of the Trade Union Act”.

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