Trouble afoot at Benin Telecoms; workers stage industrial action

Telecoms

Employees of government-backed incumbent fixed line operator Benin Telecoms and its mobile subsidiary Libercom have staged sit-ins at the group’s headquarters to demand better working conditions. Agence Ecofin reports that members of the Free Trade Union of Benin Telecoms SA Workers (Syltra-Bt) and the Union of Libercom SA Workers (Syntra-Libercom) ‘stormed’ the premises on 1 September to demonstrate against inadequate working conditions as well as the ‘opaque’ management of the two companies – a situation which the unions claim has contributed to a degradation of network and service quality.

The demonstrators also denounced alleged irregular levies on their salaries which they say are not authorised by their contracts, labour agreements or Benin’s general employment codes of conduct. Staff are demanding, among other things, revaluation of salaries, improved procedures for assessing workers for career advancement and improved access to health care.

Source: Agency Ecofin