Thursday, September 29, 2016

Broke CAMTEL Workers Threaten Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

Yaoundé—Employees of the state-owned national telecoms operator; Cameroon Telecommunications (CAMTEL) have threatened a strike action should authorities not meet their demands amongst which is the payment of salaries and other benefits “as soon as possible.”

In a letter to the General Manager of the corporation, employees under the umbrella of the National Syndicate of Communication (SYNACOM) have outlined ten grievances which they say should be addressed else they will have no choice than stop work.

Mouangue Pierre Louis Charles president of SYNACOM said the decision to down their tools is justified by the failure on the side of management to respect terms of a recent memorandum of understanding between both parties.

“If by October 22 nothing is done, we will disengage ourselves from whatever would happen to the company,” Mouangue Pierre said in the notification letter to CAMTEL management.

In a release made public Tuesday, the corporation that prides itself as the ‘mother of telecommunications’ in Cameroon admitted it is broke as service consumers have accumulated bills, “some of which span several months and cause the company substantial loss of revenue.”

The statement signed by Benjamin Gerard Assouzo’o, CAMTEL’s director of marketing and communication said an extensive campaign has been launched throughout the country for the forceful collection of the said debts.

“The campaign involves employing all legal recourse including temporary suspension of all voice and internet services,” the statement said, further explaining that the suspended services will be restored upon payment of the arrears.

Besides salaries and other employees’ benefits, we learnt from authoritative sources within the state-owned national telecoms operator that the Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) had suspended broadcast of the corporation’s adverts as it has also accumulated the broadcaster’s bills.

We also learnt that the telecom company which was awarded a 15-year license for the establishment and operation of a mobile telecoms network in the country in September 2014 is yet to fully deploy its GSM services throughout the country for want of financial resources.

By Ndi Eugene Ndi

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