JOB CUTS AT GABON TELECOM AHEAD OF PRIVATISATION

Telecoms

Gabon’s Council of Ministers last Tuesday approved what has been described as “a drastic action plan” to put the company on an even keel prior to privatisation. It included a list of the first 338 employees to be made redundant.

One of the most telling things approved was the creation of a new post, “contrôleur de gestion” (management controller), a post designed to be independent of the existing management and one designed by Denis Ndjimbi as being capable of acting as the “cop” with oversight of the plan.

In a round of harsh measures, the Government has forbidden further recruitment recruitment and frozen salary increases. A plan has been produced to re-organise services and in the plan’s words:”to avoid dangerously compromising the future of this company which has enormous, unexploited potential and (unless action is taken) will lead inexorably to bankruptcy.”

(SOURCE : Gabonews)