MTN, Africa’s largest mobile operator, has reopened its offices in Nigeria after about one week of violent protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress that forced it to shut down across the country on Monday.
“Yes, our offices are open, but I can’t disclose any further information as regards the subject,” an MTN spokesperson told business a.m. on Friday, but he could not disclose the basis on which the resolution was met.
The president of the labour union, Ayuba Wabba, had accused MTN Nigeria of violating what he called “both national and international labour laws” since it began operations, including the casualisation of workers.
“MTN Nigeria since it commenced operations in Nigeria, in clear violation of extant national and international labour laws, especially ILO Conventions 87 and 98, has denied its workers the fundamental principles of the rights at work,” Wabba said.
He added, “It similarly indulges in other anti-labour practices such as casualisation for nearly all types of work, fixed-term contract work for Nigerian workers, worst forms of precarious work, etc.”
MTN continues to have a troubled week, as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), on Monday disclosed that neither MTN Nigeria Limited nor any of its advisers or representatives have filed any application with the SEC regarding an initial public offering (IPO).
This is against report from MTN Nigeria in April stating that the company intends to raise $400 million from the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of its Nigerian unit between June and July this year.
In its home country, report also came through on Friday suggesting that MTN Group Limited’s workers in South Africa are set to go on strike after a breakdown in wage talks with key labour group.
A Bloomberg monitored report said the powerful Communications Workers Union has informed the mobile service provider of its intention to strike with 120 protesters gathered outside the company’s Johannesburg offices on Friday.
In spite of the groups being at loggerheads with MTN, Jacqui O’Sullivan, head of corporate affairs, MTN SA disclosed that the company’s operations are largely unaffected.