14-day ultimatum issued to MTN by PTECSSAN has been withdrawn

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Fourteen (14) days ultimatum issued by the Private Telecommunication and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PTECSSAN to the management of MTN Nigeria Communications has been withdrawn and the trade dispute resolved

The trade dispute was resolved at a conciliation meeting held on Tuesday at the instance of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige in Abuja.

In a communique issued after the meeting; “With these Resolutions, the 14 days ultimatum by PTECSSAN is hereby withdrawn and the trade dispute resolved in Abuja, today 18th August, 2020”

On the issue of unionization of management staff, the meeting also decided that the status- quo should be maintained until the relevant provision of S3 (3) and (4) of the Trade Unions Act, Cap T14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, LFN 2004 is amended as the present section is ambiguous and subject to different interpretations by Employers and Employees.

Also on the Voluntary Severance Scheme condition, it was resolved that when the employer decides to refresh the Organization by injecting new staff members to reinvigorate the activities of the Organization, an employee can decide to embrace the scheme and will be entitled to the Company’s exit package.

It said, “When an employee on his/her volition decides to leave the Organization without A (i), A (ii) and B (i) being applicable.

“Employees in category A and category B (i) shall be entitled to the MTN exit package of three (3) weeks of gross pay per completed year of service.

“Employees in category B (ii) will not be entitled to any exit package, but would be allowed to enter the cycle of category B (i), to enable him / her qualify for the Company’s exit package.

“The frequency of B (i) would be …………………. as agreed in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) subject to the cycle agreed to by the Board of MTN.

“The Board will give this frequency within the next four (4) weeks to pave the way for the signing of the Procedural Agreement (PA) as a precursor to the CBA.

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