Workers of ISON BPO International Limited, handlers of call centres for all major telecommunication operators in Nigeria, have staged a protest against the management of the company in Abeokuta, the Ogun State over what they described as injustice and improper sacking.
It is no longer news that the workers, under the aegis of Private Telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PTECSSAN), as been converging as early as 6.00am at the entrance to the company’s centre in Abeokuta and picketed the place since the past three days.
The placard carrying workers alleged that aside from ill treatments they are getting from the company, they sacked some of them because of their involvement in union activities.
Some of the placards read: “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 and Stop Victimizing our members.
The General-Secretary of PTECSSAN, Comrade Okonu vowed that until the company’s reinstate the sacked executives, they would not return to work.
He said the management has failed to follow the international best practice of treating workers, insisting that they must respect their human rights.
His words: “Indians cannot come to our country and be victimizing and harassing us, we will not agree to that, we have rights to freedom of Association, if they can not respect our rights then they should leave this country for us because we belong to this country”.
Head of Human Resources of the company, Steve Obasohan denied all the allegations, stating that only one or two of the executives listed by a new Union which is yet to come on board was affected in their disciplinary action which was already in place before their interest in the organisation.
He queried why a union that is yet to have formal meeting with them will disrupt their operations despite their consent of having a meeting with them in a future date.
How ever our intel as informed us that there as been a propaganda by the management of the company that they have shutdown Abeokuta Centre and all the workers sacked.
The union as stated “Our demand is very simple, reinstate the sacked members, let’s come to the negotiation table and move ahead.”