Justice for Globacom Women in Nigeria

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 Gloworld Department of Globacom Telecommunications Company, owners of Glo Mobile Network in Nigeria relieved over 90 ‘married female’ staff of their jobs with effect from 9th of March 2018. This is coming barely a day after commemorating the UN International Women’s Day on the 8th of March 2018.  The women were issued letters stating that their services were no longer required after most have served the company for many years, since 2009. These women were laid off without any form of compensation or payment of their terminal benefits which the company promised to pay before close of business on the 9th of March 2018 according to a letter issued to one of the women.

This is against the Labour laws of Nigeria and one wonders why a company will lay off experienced hands and end up recruiting others without experience in a bid to cut down cost of its operations. It also undermines the letters of Article 30 of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and other international Human Rights Instruments which explicitly define what amounts to discrimination against women. This is unacceptable and we urge colleagues, friends, sisters, brother, husbands, uncles etc and the whole world to sign this petition condemning this action.

 While legal action is being taken to seek redress, WEP stands with other organizations in Nigeria to demand justice over the matter. If this issue is left unaddressed, other companies and institutions may follow suit. We want the whole world to know about this form of injustice against women in Nigeria and to call on the Federal Government of Nigeria and to ensure Globacom puts an end to act of discrimination.

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