Ericsson fires 160 Nigerian Employees, Replaces Them with Indians

Ericsson Nigeria has relieved 160 Nigerians of their duties in the
company while replacing them with Indians, saying it was a move carried
out in 180 countries it operated.
About 160 permanent and outsourced Nigerian workers in the Network
Operating Centre of Ericsson Nigeria, have been sacked by the local
subsidiary of the global telecommunications solutions provider.

According to an investigative report by Punch newspaper, the
disengagement of the workers which takes effect on Sunday, December 4,
2016, affected 55 full-time employees of the company.

Sources revealed that the transfer had been going on since last year
when some workers were laid off while some Indians were brought into the
country to study the management of telecommunications infrastructure in
the country, and had been recruited to replace the disengaged workers.

A copy of the disengagement letter to the permanent workers signed by
the Managing Director of the company, Johan Jemdahi, and obtained by a
correspondent, reads;

“Please be informed that effective December 4, 2016, your position has
been declared redundant. We thank you for all your past services to
Ericsson. Further information about the redundancy benefits will be
communicated to you before the actual termination date.”

Speaking to a correspondent on condition of anonymity, said, “The
company said it was cheaper for the work to be done in India than in
Nigeria. The monitoring of those masts can be done from anywhere. We
monitor Abuja, Enugu, Asaba, and Port Harcourt sites from the Lagos
office. What they are now proposing is that instead of monitoring from
Lagos, they want to monitor from India.

“They have taken the Airtel NOC office to India. They brought about 30
Indians to Nigeria last year to come and understudy the MTN network and
after a month, they went back and started monitoring from there. There
are no plans to pay compensation to the outsourced workers in the
company.”

The Public Relations Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, Ericsson, Toju Egbebi,
who confirmed the development, said the move was part of the company’s
global cost and efficiency programme to achieve a net annual cost
savings of Swedish Krona 9bn, adding that the programme would continue
till 2017.

According to her, the redundancy is being carried out across 180
countries where the company operates. She explained that on July 19, the
company announced actions to further save costs as well as intensify
reductions in cost of sales activities and adapt its operations to a
weaker mobile broadband market.

Egbebi added, “This means employees will be affected. The decision to
offshore our service is in keeping with our global delivery strategy;
certain work may be centralised into global delivery centres. This is to
enable improved network availability and quality for consumers, and
cost efficient network operations for operators.”

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