The Divisional Officer (DO) of Limbe I, Fako Division South West Region of Cameroon, Epalle Seraphine, has issued a one week ultimatum for the authorities of the Cameroon Telecommunication, CAMTEL to pay salary arrears owed its security guards.
Epalle issued the ultimatum Wednesday September 12, after security guards serving at CAMTEL in Limbe took to the streets over 21 months of unpaid salaries.
The security guards took to the streets around 6AM demanding for the payment of 21 months’ salary owed them.
Reacting to protest, the DO summoned crisis meeting. After hours of deliberation, the administrator ordered CAMTEL authorities to pay the salaries of the striking security guards.
According to Epalle, it is unprofessional and illegal for CAMTEL to procrastinate the payment of staff salary for up to 21 months.
“For no matter the reason, a state cooperation like CAMTEL would subject its staff to financial torture for that long. I therefore urged the representatives of CAMTEL to carry the message to their hierarchy and the salary be paid as late as next week Thursday or the telephony company faces the wrath of the law”, Epalle Seraphine added.
The DO appreciated the security for maintaining peace all through their protest. He however beckoned on them to always consult the administration before embarking on such a venture.
The staff of CAMTEL apologised to the aggrieved security guards. The CAMTEL staffs assured the angry guards that measures will be put in place to ensure the payment of their salary within the stipulated time.
An in-camera meeting preceding DO’s announcement grouped the five security guards, CAMTEL staff and security forces.