FG SUES FOR INDUSTRIAL PEACE IN COMMUNICATION SECTOR.
The Honourable Minister of Labour and Productivity Chief Emeka Wogu, has reiterated that the present Administration is desirous of creating jobs either through permanent or in a regulated outsourcing manner as being done in the oil and gas sector, adding that the Federal government will continue to sustain the fundamental human rights of Nigerian workers including right to unionize as guaranteed in the extant labour laws.
Chief Wogu added that the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity will collaborate with Federal Ministry of Communication Technology and other stakeholders to set up a technical Committee on regulation of outsourcing and other labour related issues in the Communication sector of the economy.
The Honourable Minister made the remarks after the conciliatory meeting between the management of Airtel Networks Limited, its business partners and the National Union of Post and Telecommunications Employees (NUPTE) with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
The following Agreement was reached at the end of a two-day intensive meeting at the instance of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity.
1. That the issue of the outstanding fourth(4th) Quarter,2010 and the first (1st) Quarter 2011 Quarterly incentive scheme, contained in the Agreement signed by the parties on July 27, 2011 shall be implemented accordingly.
2. That in consideration of security issues and matters ancillary thereto, stability shall be restored to the Airtel Networks Limited commencing immediately and the Labour Movement shall actively assist in ensuring the stability.
3. That Airtel will mandate its Business Partners i.e Spanco channel BPO Limited and Tech Mahindra Nigeria Limited to ensure the resumption of all staff affected by the suspension of operations not latter than Thursday, October 13, 2011.
4. That on Friday, October 14, 2011 negotiation shall commence between Airtel Services Limited, Spanco Channel BPO Limited, Tech Mahindra Nigeria Limited and National Union of Post and Telecommunications Employees (NUPTE) with a view to putting in place a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
5. The Collective Bargaining Agreement shall be concluded by October 28, 2011.
6. That there shall be no victimization whatsoever of any worker on account of any action or omission committed during the industrial crisis.
The agreement was jointly signed by Jubril Saba for Airtel Networks Ltd,Sunday Alhassan and Taiwo Foluso for NUPTE, Digvijay Srivastava for Spanco Channels BPO Ltd while Hon. Uchenna Ekwe and Comrade Nuhu A. Toro for NLC. Others are Mukul Sah for Tech Mahindra Nig Ltd and Chinedu C. Dike on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity