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Airtel confirms sacking workers -Disengaged staffers deny bumper package

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Nigeria’s third largest telecommunications network, Airtel has confirmed it has sacked some of its workers as the company embarks on a strategic restructuring that would “reposition the business and reinforce its competitiveness in the market place”.

This is contained in a statement signed and forwarded to ENCOMIUM Weekly by the company’s Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Emeka Oparah on Monday, November 23, 2015.

According to the release, the focus is to align the company’s structure with its operating model to create a high organization which satisfies the needs of all its stakeholders.

The statement reads in full:

“Airtel Nigeria is embarking on a strategic restructuring that would reposition the business and reinforce its competitiveness in the market place.

“The exercise, which is focused on aligning the company’s structure with its operating model, also entails a right-sizing that will impact a section of our current workforce.

“We wish to assure that, in accordance with best practice, a robust plan has been put in place to cushion the effect of the exercise on the impacted employees and ensure that the process is seamless.

“One of the key objectives is to create a high performing organisation, which satisfies the needs of all of our stakeholders, especially our customers, as we step into the next growth phase of our operation.”

A couple of days back, Airtel Nigeria reportedly sacked about 30 percent of its workforce, who were said to be unable to meet the company’s targets.

However, majority of the sacked workers were said to be unhappy about the company’s decision despite collecting bumper pay as compensation.

ENCOMIUM Weekly spoke with one of the affected workers who spoke anonymously. Narrating the ordeal, he said: “We were given two weeks notice that the company would be carrying out a restructuring exercise that would affect some of us at the Banana Island headquarters. We received our termination letters and the sack took effect on Friday, November 13, 2015.”

Debunking widespread reports that they were paid salaries up till March 2016, he said, “That’s not true. We were not paid till March. We were only paid some bonuses”.

According to him, the sack hit various departments including Human Resources (HR), IT, customer care and networking.

-MICHAEL NWOKIKE

 

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