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Telcos Chamber urges telecoms union to reconsider strike

The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has urged the Telecom and IT Professionals Union to consider dialogue instead of striking over a pay dispute.

“While the Chamber acknowledges and respects the right of TIP to negotiate for favourable conditions of services, the body is appealing to the union to continue to pursue their demands through negotiation and arbitration,” it said in a statement.

It assured that the industry was “working with all partners to ensure a speedy resolution of the challenge to minimize any disruptions in telecom services as this is important for the industry.”

The Chamber added that it remained committed to the “provision of reliable telecoms services to its customers”.

The Telecom and IT Professionals Union began the strike today in protest of poor conditions of service.

The union said salary negotiations with the management of the four subcontractors who have been engaged by Huawei Technologies Limited to maintain the technical operations of MTN, AirtelTigo and Vodafone.

The four subcontractors in question are Linfra Ghana Limited, MP Infrastructure Ghana Limited, Reime Ghana Limited and Reliance Personal Services.

Find below the full statement

MOBILE INDUSTRY CONCERNED ABOUT ONGOING INDUSTRIAL ACTION

Accra, March 15th, 2021 – The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications (GTC) has noted with grave concern the announcement of a planned industrial action by the Telecoms and IT Professionals Union (TIP) which commenced today.

The body is made up of Engineers and Technicians contracted by Huawei Technologies Limited (a Telecommunications vendor), to manage and maintain the technical operations of MTN, AirtelTigo and Vodafone.

While the Chamber acknowledges and respects the right of TIP to negotiate for favourable conditions of services, the body is appealing to the Union to continue to pursue their demands through negotiation and arbitration.

The industry is equally working with all partners to ensure a speedy resolution of the challenge to minimize any disruptions in telecom services as this is important for the industry.

The Chamber will like to assure customers of its commitment to the provision of reliable telecoms services to its customers.

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