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Planned Strike by Telecoms Union Put on Hold

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The commencement of the planned strike by the Private Telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has been suspended. This decision was made known in a statement released on Wednesday by the General Secretary, Okonu Abdullahi. The union cited successful agreements with the subcontractors involved in the dispute as the reason for the suspension.

On April 2, the union had announced its intention to commence an indefinite strike due to unresolved issues with subcontractors associated with Huawei Technologies Nigeria Ltd. The subcontractors in question were named as Reime Group, Allstream Energy Solutions Ltd., Uppercrest Ltd., Tyllium Nigeria Ltd., and Specific Tools and Techniques Ltd.

PTECSSAN had threatened to begin the industrial action on April 4, 2024, against the mentioned subcontractors to address the concerns raised by its members. Subsequently, a meeting was held at the union’s headquarters leading to the agreement of several terms including the recognition of employees’ rights to freely associate with the union by the companies involved.

The union emphasized the need for the companies to establish healthcare facilities that align with the National Health Insurance Scheme for employees, their spouses, and up to four dependents, among other stipulations.

The demands put forth by the union include the immediate recognition of employees’ rights to association, acknowledgment of the union as the official negotiating body for workers’ welfare, and the proper remittance of membership dues. PTECSSAN is also advocating for employment regularization for union members engaged in Huawei projects, compliance with pension and health insurance regulations, and the initiation of negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement.

In addition, the union alleged that despite the Ministry of Labour and Employment’s efforts to mediate through conciliatory meetings, the companies failed to engage constructively, leaving the union with no choice but to consider industrial action.

The report is from NAN.

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