By Mojola Aturamu
The South African telecommunications company, MTN, on Friday dismissed 280 staff from their duties in Nigeria.The move affected about 15% of the company’s entire Nigerian workforce; a number of them being long-serving staff who have worked with the company since it opened business in Nigeria in 2001.
The people affected included 200 permanent staff and about 80 contract staff across various levels.
A source revealed that the sack was as a result of “the changing dynamics of the telecoms industry in recent times”. The telecoms firm plans to delve into full Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and digital operations and to achieve that, a new set of tech savvy employees capable of delivering on the new goals will be brought on
However, the source said that the sack is not a surprise as MTN had put out a notice in March for those who might wish to voluntarily disengage from the company, under its voluntary severance scheme (VSS) giving a one week window which expired on April 28.
200 staff reportedly responded by voluntarily disengaging themselves while 80 were compulsorily disengaged on Friday. Those affected were given a severance pay of 75% of their gross monthly income, multiplied by the number of years they had worked
with the company.
“Those who decided to leave under the VSS were paid the equivalent of their three weeks gross salary for every year they worked with MTN. What it means is that if one worked in MTN for five years, one would be paid three weeks of the person’s gross salary times five,” the source said.