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Telecoms Union Suspends Planned Strike Following Agreements with Subcontractors

Telecom union Indefinite Strike Starting April 4
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The Private Telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PTECSSAN) has announced the suspension of its planned strike, scheduled to commence on Thursday.

This decision comes after the union reached agreements with subcontractors it had previously encountered issues with.

In a statement released by Okonu Abdullahi, the General Secretary of PTECSSAN, on Wednesday, the union cited fruitful discussions with subcontractors as the reason for the suspension.

The union had initially announced its intention to embark on an indefinite strike starting April 4, 2024, over unresolved matters with subcontractors associated with Huawei Technologies Nigeria Ltd.

Among the subcontractors mentioned were Reime Group, Allstream Energy Solutions Ltd., Uppercrest Ltd., Tyllium Nigeria Ltd., and Specific Tools and Techniques Ltd.

Key agreements reached include the recognition of employees’ fundamental rights to association, and the provision of health facilities compliant with the National Health Insurance Scheme for employees, their spouses, and four dependents, among other stipulations.

PTECSSAN’s demands included immediate recognition of workers’ rights, acknowledgement of the union as the negotiating body for welfare matters, and the proper remittance of membership dues.

Additionally, the union sought the regularization of employment for members engaged in Huawei projects, compliance with pension and health insurance regulations, and the initiation of negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement.

Despite efforts by the Ministry of Labour and Employment to address concerns through conciliatory meetings, the union alleged a lack of constructive engagement by the companies, leading to the decision to resort to industrial action. However, with agreements now in place, the planned strike has been put on hold.

REPORT AFRIQUE reported the planned strike of the union earlier this week.

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