Vodafone Ghana cuts 33 Sales Managers
28 April 2017
Telecom company Vodafone Ghana has reportedly cut 33 sales managers and is trimming allowances for other workers, citing “restructuring concerns”. Kasapafmonline.com says the 33 dismissed staff are Territory Sales Managers.
The affected staff will be relieved of their post effective 2nd August 2017, however they have been directed to exit the firm on May 2, 2017.
A statement signed by Agnes Essah, Director, Consumer Business Unit explains that the staff have had to be laid off due to a restructuring exercise ongoing at the Consumer Business Unit of the company.
These activities are part of a restructuring program, which includes an overall effort to focus on supply chain productivity, disciplined discretionary spending and efforts to reshape the workforce, she added.
Mrs Essah also says these actions will continue to enable a more competitive, sustainable cost structure for the telecom giant, while enabling them to meet the evolving needs of their customers.
According to the firm it will still pay the staff during their three months notice period from 2nd May to 2nd August. By way of disengagement from the company the affected staff will receive exit payment of 3 months basic salary for each year of service and 1- month basic salary for each year of service based on the staff’s current salary.
On the part of the affected staff, they have described the mode of their lay offs as disrespectful. The affected staff say they never had personal negotiations with Vodafone Ghana before the exit package was prepared.
They add that the development is a clear anomaly and a breach of the Labour Act – 2003 (ACT 651), Section 65, which stipulates that redundancy pay and the terms and conditions of payment are subject to negotiation between the employer or representative of the employer on one hand and the worker or the trade union concerned on the other.
The aggrieved staff have hinted of legal action against management over unfair treatment by the Communication giant after rendering dedicated service for several years.