Douala (National Times)-One of Cameroon’s leading telecommunication companies, MTN Cameroon, has laid-off 100 staff as of October 31, 2018, and 500 others have been earmarked for sacking in the days ahead.
The company blamed the precarious economic situation of the country with the socio-political crisis rocking the Anglophone Regions and the Far North Region, which they said informed their decision.
According to the letters signed by the Managing Director, Hendrik Kasteel, the company is in serious economic stress and to handle the current challenges, the company must lay-off some workers.
“The recent overhaul in our company has resulted in the cancellation or transformation of some jobs, including yours. Thus, we regret to notify you, by this letter, of the termination of your employment contract with MTN Cameroon, effective October 31, 2018, signed by the Managing Director, Hendrik Kasteel.”
The letter also revealed that allowances and benefits of dismissed persons will be calculated in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding of October 18, 2018, signed between the employee representatives and MTN’s Directorate-General under the auspices of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.
The letter specified that the actual payment of such benefits and compensations shall only take place after the signature of a full conciliation report before the competent labour Inspector and the affixing of the enforcement clause to the said report by the President of the competent court.
A source at the MTN office Buea tol The National Times that a first wave of 100 people will be dismissed. Then 500 others will follow. “The telecom sector is doing really badly. If we don’t want to shut down the company, we have to make some strategic decisions and arrangements for certain workstations”, the source added.