Orange Mali: Employees Go On Strike Demanding Larger Shareholding
29 November 2019
Workers at Orange Mali recently held a two-day strike over their demand for a more substantial shareholding in the telco for staff, according to media reports.
The strike kicked off on the 20th of November and ended on the 21st of November.
The workers want the firm to raise their stake in the company from 4.5 percent to 10 percent. According to Orange Mali’s Trade Union, workers had been engaging company management for some months, in addition to taking peaceful action, including wearing red armbands to work, expressing their dissatisfaction.
The workers argued that their shareholding in the company is insignificant compared to the stake held by staff at similar telcos, including Malitel, where employees control approximately 10 percent of the company.
The Union’s spokesperson, Abdoulaye Konate, said that an increase in the workers’ shareholding would greatly improve their representation in Orange’s management.
While the management of Orange Mali has so far declined to comment on the matter, there are many indications that the workers’ request may not be granted anytime soon considering the Orange Group’s reported plans to list its Middle East and Africa operations (MEA) on the stock market.
Orange Mali staff have maintained that despite having received no response from the telco, they will continue to seek means to force the company to give in to their demands.