Jimoh Fathia Abimbola, Ogun, Nigeria
The Private Telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PTECSSAN, staged a protest on Monday in Abeokuta, over what they described as unnecessary sacking, victimisation and enslavery of their members by iSON BPO International Limited.
CASEFILE correspondent learnt that the iSON BPO International Limited with no notification sacked all executives of the union as a result of the worker’s fight against victimisation and the failure of the company to pay worker’s salary.
The protesters with placard with various inscriptions such as “No To Non Standard Work,” “Yes To The Union, No To Slavery, Stop Hiding Under Outsoursing and Sub- Contracting To Enslave Workers” “Trade Unionism Is Worker’s Right,” Stop Victimising our members” stormed the area aggressivesly.
Addressing journalists, the General Secretary of PTECSSAN, Comrade Okonu Abdulahi lamented over the ill-treatment leveled against their co-members by the Indians, saying that it was an harassment on their part.
He disclosed ardently, “We were fired with no reason, this is not their first, they can wake up one day and see any of their employees and fire the person with No reason and on the day of the departure no dime will be given to the depressed workers.
He continued, “Indians cannot come to our country and be victimising and harassing us, we will not agree to that, We have rights to Freedom Of Association, if they cannot respect our rights then they should leave this country for us because we belong to this country.
“We wrote letter to their management about the ill-treatment of my co-members and with no notification laid off all the list of the names we sent to them and we also received email from them that they have relocated to Ibadan and Ilorin.
“Since we started, we have not been enjoying working with the Indians, it has not been so easy for us here, we are being enslaved by them, this is our country and they cannot continue to disrespect our fundamental rights because we are not slaves, we work and we should be entitle to salaries and conducive environment.
“Even after we have been laid off with no reason they refused to compensate us, Government should please come to our aid and free us from this indians that have failed to respect our fundamental human rights, we are not slave, we say no slavery.”
Meanwhile, the Head of the Human Resources, Ison Bpo International Limited West Africa, Steve Obasohan while reacting noted that the company didn’t sack any staff, saying that all the information were rumor.
He added that, if anyone could be sacked it may be as a result of disciplinary issues.
“We didn’t sack any of our staff, we have been maintaining cordial and absolute relationship with our staff, they are enjoying us and we are also enjoying them.
“We are unaware of everything, a separate union has written us, we set an appointment and the meeting is yet to come up, we don’t recognize any union apart from the one that sent letter to us and we have replied them.”
He said, “We didn’t sack anyone, we have been able to maintain excellent relationship with our employees and if anyone is sacked it can be one or two employees by the disciplinary committee, and salaries are paid on time.
“We are aware that they wanted to have a meeting with us but we have set an appointment for the meeting and so we can discuss what need to be discussed but we are yet to meet for the discussion.
“We have no reason not to meet with them, we have replied to their letter even in less than 24 hours they sent the letter, we always listen to our employees, it is best practiced for people to bargain even the law requires that.”
Speaking further, the head of HR said apart from the conduciveness of the staff enjoy they also provide monthly bonuses, transportation and they cover all insurances for their employees.
He said, “We also award some staff based on merit as part of our policies and programmes we created for our employees, we have absolute relationship we them, our employees remains our number one priority so we cannot sack them unless if some of them have usual disciplinary issues.”
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