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    Nigeria: MTN Nigeria Downsizes, Sacks Over 280 Workers

    MTN Nigeria has laid off over 280 workers, from its workforce in a major job cut that affected about 15 per cent of the company's entire Nigerian workforce.
    According to Premium Times, those affected by the move include some 200 permanent employees and about 80 contract staff across various cadres, ranging from new graduates to senior managers.
    Most of the affected workers were the pioneer staff of MTN who joined the telecoms company in 2001 when MTN started business in Nigeria and they have been with the company till they were sacked on Friday.
    But a source close to MTN who confirmed the exit of some staff, however said it was not a sack, but a voluntary exit by the affected staff, based on the Voluntary Severance Scheme (VSS) packaged by MTN and presented before its staff.
    The source also said the number of affected staff was far less than 280 as reported by online media.
    "Nobody was sacked, it was a Voluntary Severance Scheme put together by MTN for any of its staff that want to retire voluntarily. It is a new scheme introduced for the first time, based on staff feedback," the source said.

    We gathered that most staff that have served the company for more than five years and were willing to retire, were asked to apply for the voluntary severance scheme package and they did so on their own volition.
    Based on staff feedback, MTN Nigeria had early last month introduced a voluntary severance scheme for its staff members that were willing to leave the services of the telecoms company, but were afraid to do so because they were not going to get their gratuity paid. So most preferred the scheme, which comes with some good package to fall back to when they exit the services of the company. But just as some staff members are exiting, We learnt MTN Nigeria is also opening job opportunities for managerial positions in its employment. Those who decided to leave under the VSS were to be paid the equivalent of their three weeks gross salary for every year they worked with MTN.
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