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How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by Babygiwa(f): 9:53pm On Jul 12
The violence that characterized the three-day picketing of MTN Nigeria by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) attracted condemnation from several quarters, especially from industry watchers, Nigerian workers, and affected MTN staff.

Now, it has emerged that the destruction of MTN assets, violence and threats violate an important section of the International Labour Organization ethics of which the NLC is a member

Founded in 1919, the ILO’s main goal is to bring together governments, employers and workers of its member states to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.

Under the ILO Principles concerning the right to strike, section 8.1 which focuses on picketing clearly states: Taking part in picketing and firmly but peacefully inciting other workers to keep away from their workplace cannot be considered unlawful. The case is different, however, when picketing is accompanied by violence or coercion of non-strikers in an attempt to interfere with their freedom to work; such acts constitute criminal offences in many countries.

The requirement that strike pickets can only be set up near an enterprise does not infringe the principles of freedom of association (ibid., paras. 586 and 587).

On Monday July 9, 2018, officials of the NLC were at the MTN offices to picket however, the protest became violent and disorganized as property within MTN premises were vandalized. Doors and gates were destroyed, several staff of the company were manhandled and in the Ikoyi head office, the MTN flag was lowered and the NLC flag hoisted in its place.

Critical national infrastructure across the country were breached and attempts were made to seriously compromise them like turning off the independent power plants at the Ojota switch station, Lagos.

Following this outright display of violence and disregard for the ILO code of conduct, several respectable Nigerians have come out to condemn the NLC. Notable among these are renowned UK based accountant and social commentator, Feyi Fawehinmi and veteran radio presenter, Jimi Disu who during his radio session, called the act by the NCC a fund-raising exercise. In his words: “As far as I am concerned, they went on a fund-raising exercise.

Now it didn’t just end there, if you are going to picket a company let’s just say for all intents and purposes, does it then mean that you must go on a destroying mission? You went in there and destroyed their properties. Here we are, our existence economically is somewhat premised on what we call foreign investment, now is this how you are going to treat companies that come?”

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as well as the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) have openly condemned these acts of violence, and the ALTON went as far as saying it will advise MTN Nigeria to consider preventive shutdown of network if telecoms facilities are damaged.

Tony Ojobo, the spokesman of the NCC in a statement confirmed that on Monday night the NCC activated the MOU with NSCDC to protect the switch stations and BTSs belonging to MTN and other telecom operators.

Tony also added that, “NCC has also briefed the security agencies on developments particularly the implications of the attempt to shut down the Ojota switch station. A collapse of the telecommunications grid is likely if these attacks on MTN and other telecom facilities are not abated.”

Reiterating MTN’s position on unionising, Tobechukwu Okigbo, Corporate Relations Executive, MTN Nigeria said, “We do not prevent our employees from associating amongst themselves as they deem fit and owe our employees the obligation to ensure they are not compelled to join associations. MTN supports the freedom of association as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.”

All workers have rights that should be protected. We work hard to not only ensure that this is done but also to ensure that our company is a great place to Work. We will continue to champion our peoples’ rights, whether they are part of a union or not and work hard to minimise disruptions in service to our customers.”

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/07/how-nlcs-picketing-of-mtn-violated-global-ilo-rule/

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by Lexusgs430: 10:12pm On Jul 12
Higherpower & zeestone99...... Oya make una come defend again o....
Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by cnonyechi(f): 10:14pm On Jul 12
Hum
Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by Yusuf54(m): 10:15pm On Jul 12
Law law law...Na Africa we dey

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by YorubaEmir: 10:16pm On Jul 12
Where u need NLC to act, you will not see them. I think some of the members must be victims of south-African xenophobia grin

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by darocha1(m): 10:17pm On Jul 12
Story

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by Greatzeus(m): 10:17pm On Jul 12
Story
Assuming you were born or old enough during Oshomole's time,you will know that this is nothing.A time that NLC have the balls to close down any company,he will even buy padlock himself and lock the company. NLC is a shadow of itself.
The comrades are either dead or they compromised cry

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by OvieNeo(m): 10:19pm On Jul 12
ilo. in diz our country wen anarchy don eat
lemme continue with my predecessors by saying STORY
Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by HotMario: 10:20pm On Jul 12
Story story story.

Once upon a time. Time time.
Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by Badmushazan: 10:27pm On Jul 12
NLC also needs to look at how ISON bpo is using her staff active 8hours per day with headset on, and u only earn 34k with lot of work pressure at the end of the month. no wonder MTN subscriber have bad experience when calling 180. don't blame the agents blame MTN and ISON bpo..

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by NoBetterNigeria: 10:31pm On Jul 12
We're told to resume work tomorrow after enjoying NLC break in transmission lol.

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by einsteine(m): 10:40pm On Jul 12
Badmushazan:
NLC also needs to look at how ISON bpo is using her staff active 8hours per day with headset on, and u only earn 34k with lot of work pressure at the end of the month. no wonder MTN subscriber have bad experience when calling 180. don't blame the agents blame MTN and ISON bpo..

what salary were they told they would earn before they joined?

As long as they accepted the salary before joining and were not forced at gunpoint to accept the job, then no wrong has been done.

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by airsaylongcon: 10:44pm On Jul 12
This long epistle is a hatchet ghost writer for MTN

Has MTN not in itself violated ILO on unionism? Mtn that uses overt and covert threats to staff who dare join union aren't in violation of ILO rules? NLC no even picket dem reach

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by yomalex(m): 10:45pm On Jul 12
ehen undecided
Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by havillaplus: 10:49pm On Jul 12
NLC is a disgrace

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by gabbasin: 10:51pm On Jul 12
Babygiwa:
The violence that characterized the three-day picketing of MTN Nigeria by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) attracted condemnation from several quarters, especially from industry watchers, Nigerian workers, and affected MTN staff.

Now, it has emerged that the destruction of MTN assets, violence and threats violate an important section of the International Labour Organization ethics of which the NLC is a member

Founded in 1919, the ILO’s main goal is to bring together governments, employers and workers of its member states to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.

Under the ILO Principles concerning the right to strike, section 8.1 which focuses on picketing clearly states: Taking part in picketing and firmly but peacefully inciting other workers to keep away from their workplace cannot be considered unlawful. The case is different, however, when picketing is accompanied by violence or coercion of non-strikers in an attempt to interfere with their freedom to work; such acts constitute criminal offences in many countries.

The requirement that strike pickets can only be set up near an enterprise does not infringe the principles of freedom of association (ibid., paras. 586 and 587).

On Monday July 9, 2018, officials of the NLC were at the MTN offices to picket however, the protest became violent and disorganized as property within MTN premises were vandalized. Doors and gates were destroyed, several staff of the company were manhandled and in the Ikoyi head office, the MTN flag was lowered and the NLC flag hoisted in its place.

Critical national infrastructure across the country were breached and attempts were made to seriously compromise them like turning off the independent power plants at the Ojota switch station, Lagos.

Following this outright display of violence and disregard for the ILO code of conduct, several respectable Nigerians have come out to condemn the NLC. Notable among these are renowned UK based accountant and social commentator, Feyi Fawehinmi and veteran radio presenter, Jimi Disu who during his radio session, called the act by the NCC a fund-raising exercise. In his words: “As far as I am concerned, they went on a fund-raising exercise.

Now it didn’t just end there, if you are going to picket a company let’s just say for all intents and purposes, does it then mean that you must go on a destroying mission? You went in there and destroyed their properties. Here we are, our existence economically is somewhat premised on what we call foreign investment, now is this how you are going to treat companies that come?”

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as well as the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) have openly condemned these acts of violence, and the ALTON went as far as saying it will advise MTN Nigeria to consider preventive shutdown of network if telecoms facilities are damaged.

Tony Ojobo, the spokesman of the NCC in a statement confirmed that on Monday night the NCC activated the MOU with NSCDC to protect the switch stations and BTSs belonging to MTN and other telecom operators.

Tony also added that, “NCC has also briefed the security agencies on developments particularly the implications of the attempt to shut down the Ojota switch station. A collapse of the telecommunications grid is likely if these attacks on MTN and other telecom facilities are not abated.”

Reiterating MTN’s position on unionising, Tobechukwu Okigbo, Corporate Relations Executive, MTN Nigeria said, “We do not prevent our employees from associating amongst themselves as they deem fit and owe our employees the obligation to ensure they are not compelled to join associations. MTN supports the freedom of association as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.”

All workers have rights that should be protected. We work hard to not only ensure that this is done but also to ensure that our company is a great place to Work. We will continue to champion our peoples’ rights, whether they are part of a union or not and work hard to minimise disruptions in service to our customers.”

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/07/how-nlcs-picketing-of-mtn-violated-global-ilo-rule/
weiin una want make jimi disu talk other than to condemn d picketing wen be say na Mtn dey sponsor him programs for radio, but seriously speaking violence and vandalism should not be part of protest and demonstration in this country again

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by Alex80s(m): 10:52pm On Jul 12
This is good if they compel MTN scrap too many vendors eating their in the name of managing MTN contract staff members. They are increasing everyday. Only few are permanent staff in MTN.

These contractors don't increase salaries as at when due even with the present economic situation in naija. And MTN don't monitor their activities. It's really disheartening.

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by Yankee101: 10:56pm On Jul 12
This thing pain MTN sha

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by Lucid1(m): 10:58pm On Jul 12
It's foolishness on NLCs part.they had better alternatives, I hate violence of any sort

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by Dee60: 11:10pm On Jul 12
Labour people in Nigeria can behave like herdsmen!
Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by Exponental(m): 11:32pm On Jul 12
I don't support any form of vandalism. However, if you know, you know! Mtn is labouring us in our own land. My wife retired in January due some reasons and by September, all her colleagues were SACKED..... All of them! No retirement package, nothing! They kept transferring them from one Management company to another. In the transfer process, you tender a resignation letter to the former and an application letter to the new. It was torturing! NLC should fight for them legitimately please.

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by 4Play(m): 11:42pm On Jul 12
airsaylongcon:
This long epistle is a hatchet ghost writer for MTN

Has MTN not in itself violated ILO on unionism? Mtn that uses overt and covert threats to staff who dare join union aren't in violation of ILO rules? NLC no even picket dem reach

Unemployment is extremely high, but you guys are busy waging war on the few major private sector employers.

By doing this, you deter investors from coming in who already have to cope with obstacles like insecurity, poor infrastructure, skills shortage, e.t.c

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by Nobody: 12:00am On Jul 13
Lucid1:
It's foolishness on NLCs part.they had better alternatives, I hate violence of any sort
That is what most companies understand. If you are gentle all the time, you would be used as a piece of rag
Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by Naijal: 12:04am On Jul 13
Very very unethical. It should never have resulted in vandalism of any sort.

See..your picketing even disrupted my own server and made me sleep early on Monday lipsrsealed
Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by Tunagee: 12:23am On Jul 13
Good for MTN. Very exploitative organisation. Contracts staff work for 10-13 years of hard labour, even work more than the permanent staff, yet no conversion of status to permanent status.
A lot of injustice done to staff and contract staffs all in the name of no union allowed. They are now claiming they did not discourage staff from joining union, whereas they know that they have strict policies forbidding staff from joining or forming unions. Useless organisation. I worked there for years. At a particular time, MTN Nig.formed an outsourcing firm to take care of call center staffs welfare in MTN, all pensions and taxes were deducted from these staffs salaries, but were never remitted to the pension company. aside that, there were no medicals extended to staff family members. When the company was wound up, all the pension claims by these staffs were forfeited cos no union to fight for the staffs. On another occasion MTN contract staffs at the call centers were suddenly outsourced to an Indian slave driver firm called ISON BPO international who tells the staffs they would only pay N45,000 against N100,000 plus paid by MTN. The sad part is that MTN never intervened on this poor payment by their contractors forcing all the staffs to resign in their thousands. This is just few of the many injustices to staff. All these because u are not allowed to belong to unions as a staff. Stupid injustice!!!! That serves u well MTN.

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by OKUCHI11(m): 12:44am On Jul 13
Tunagee:
Good for MTN. Very exploitative organisation. Contracts staff work for 10-13 years of hard labour, even work more than the permanent staff, yet no conversion of status to permanent status.
A lot of injustice done to staff and contract staffs all in the name of no union allowed. They are now claiming they did not discourage staff from joining union, whereas they know that they have strict policies forbidding staff from joining or forming unions. Useless organisation. I worked there for years. At a particular time, MTN Nig.formed an outsourcing firm to take care of call center staffs welfare in MTN, all pensions and taxes were deducted from these staffs salaries, but were never remitted to the pension company. aside that, there were no medicals extended to staff family members. When the company was wound up, all the pension claims by these staffs were forfeited cos no union to fight for the staffs. On another occasion MTN contract staffs at the call centers were suddenly outsourced to an Indian slave driver firm called ISON BPO international who tells the staffs they would only pay N45,000 against N100,000 plus paid by MTN. The sad part is that MTN never intervened on this poor payment by their contractors forcing all the staffs to resign in their thousands. This is just few of the many injustices to staff. All these because u are not allowed to belong to unions as a staff. Stupid injustice!!!! That serves u well MTN.
Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by Dollabiz: 12:47am On Jul 13
hmmm
Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by airsaylongcon: 12:49am On Jul 13
4Play:


Unemployment is extremely high, but you guys are busy waging war on the few major private sector employers.

By doing this, you deter investors from coming in who already have to cope with obstacles like insecurity, poor infrastructure, skills shortage, e.t.c

MTN should come and go lemme see...
Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by manitoba(m): 12:53am On Jul 13
MTN actually treated their contract staff worse than this. They have no respect for human dignity and they are very exploitative of the hapless Nigeriann working for them.
Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by ayinqus48(m): 12:57am On Jul 13
Nlc shld pls also look into how Ison bpo treat thier staff... Most of MTN agent under Ison bpo that pick 180 calls are are being enslave in some ways

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Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by OluchiDelly: 1:31am On Jul 13
gabbasin:
weiin una want make jimi disu talk other than to condemn d picketing wen be say na Mtn dey sponsor him programs for radio, but seriously speaking violence and vandalism should not be part of protest and demonstration in this country again
Must you quote that long epistles? You can still make sense without you people quoting OP's long epistles.
Re: How Nlc’s Picketing Of MTN Violated Global ILO Rule by PearlStreet(m): 1:45am On Jul 13
A lot of you guys lamenting about MTN and its subcontractors would have been multimillionaires only if you got lawyers to sue them or report them to the regulators.

For instance, deduction of pension without remittance to the PFA is a criminal offence which attracts heavy penalties but you prefer to come online and lament.

The day Nigerians start suing MTN, Electricity companies, Police, Government Hospitals, Banks, utility providers and service providers, a lot of them would pay you hefty millions and sit up.

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