Spokesperson of the protesters, Comrade Okonu addressing journalists

ABEOKUTA – Some workers under the aegis of Private Telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PTECSSAN) on Monday protested in Abeokuta to kick against what they described as injustice meted out on some of their colleagues by the management of ISON BPO International Limited, handlers of call centres for all major telecommunication operators in Nigeria.

The protesters had as early as 7:00am arrived the company’s centre in Abeokuta to picket the company.

The placards carrying workers alleged that aside from ill treatments they are getting from the company, some of their colleagues were sacked 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-Contractors To Enslave Workers”, “Trade Unionism Is Worker’s Right and Stop Victimizing our members.”

Speaking to newsmen, 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 had failed to comply with international best practices of treating workers, insisting that they must respect their human rights.

His words: “Indians cannot come to our country and be victimizing and harrassing 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”.

But speaking on behalf of the company, the Head, Human Resources, ISON BPO International Limited, West Africa, Steve Obasohan denied all the allegations, stating that if anyone could be sacked, it may be as a result of violating disciplinary action of the company.

Obasohan emphasized 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 seat and have formal meeting with them would disrupt their operations despite their consent of having a meeting with them at a future date.

“We didn’t sack any of our staff. We have been maintaining a cordial and absolute relationship with our staff, they are enjoying us and we are also enjoying them.

“We are unaware of this development. A separate union had written us last week, and we have replied their letter and set an appointment for a meeting which will come up later this week.

“We are aware that they wanted to have a meeting with us, but we have set an appointment for the meeting so that we can discuss what needed to be done, but we are yet to meet for the discussion.

“We cannot sack them unless some of them have usual disciplinary issues. We have absolute relationship with them and our employees remains our priority”.

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