Ghana’s telecommunication workers have threatened to embark on a nationwide strike from Monday, 15 March 2021.
The Telecom and IT Professionals (TIP) Union served notice to the National Labour Commission (NLC) and their employers to embark on the strike due to poor conditions of service.
According to the union, made up of telecom engineers and technicians who manage the key technical operations for the telecom operators, the strike action is occasioned by a deadlock in salary negotiations between the union and the management of the four sub-contractors (SBCs) who have been engaged by Hauwei Technologies Limited to maintain the technical operations of MTN, AirtelTigo and Vodafone.
The telco workers claim that the four SBCs; Linfra Ghana Limited, MP Infrastructure Ghana Limited, Reime Ghana Limited and Reliance Personal Services, have refused to enhance their remuneration over the years despite the huge profits declared annually by the telcos and Huawei.
At the current salary negotiation by the Joint Standing Negotiation Committee (JSNC), which was meant to have taken place in September 2020, the Union proposed a 20 per cent pay increase, but management locked its offer at 3 per cent, after initially offering zero per cent.
The union informed the NLC and the SBCs of the intended action in a letter dated 12 March 2021 and signed by General Secretary of the Union, Israel Edem Agbegbor.
It explained that the four SBCs have failed to act in good faith in addressing the concerns of the workers, and therefore, the union “do not wish to cooperate with management going forward until the workers’ concerns are resolved.”
“Given the above facts and conditions, we respectfully write to inform you that our earlier industrial action is coming on the 15th of March 2021 as earlier planned,” the letter further stated.