Telecom Operator Tigo Ghana has sent scores
of its workers home as it commences a major
Citi Business News has learnt the dismissals
which commenced last week is still ongoing
and has so far affected the company’s
commercial, marketing, call centre, PR, HR and
procurement wings among others.
Persons familiar with the development tell Citi
Business News majority of the sacked workers
didn’t see the move coming.
It’s unclear how many workers have been
affected but sources say close to 80 workers
have been affected.
This is not the first time the telecom company
is embarking on such a move.
In mid 2014 Tigo dismissed a number of its
workers in a redundancy exercise.
Justifying its move at the time Tigo in response
to Citi business news’s enquiry on the matter
said the move was ‘to ensure its ability to
compete in ‘this highly competitive market and
build a sustainable business.’
It added that it has become necessary for it to
review its operation based on a thorough
evaluation of the company’s structure and
Tigo is the third largest telecom operator in
the country with about 4.4 million subscribers
as at August 2015 according to figures from
the regulator of the telecom industry the
National Communications Authority (NCA).
It has stayed at the number three position for
years, but that position is currently being
threatened by Airtel which is the fourth largest
telecom operator in the country with about
4.2 million subscribers as at the end of August
Further checks also reveal some of the
company’s subsidiaries in Africa are also
embarking on similar moves.
Tigo Rwanda in December last year laid off
about seventy of its workforce accounting for
at least 20 per cent of the firm’s total
workforce in that county.
Meanwhile efforts by Citi Business News to get
a response from the company over the matter
source : citifmonline.com