MTN files appeal against Nigeria industrial court ruling
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
MTN Nigeria has rejected the verdict of the National Industrial Court which awarded huge costs in favour of a former employee of the carrier.
The South African GSM services provider with the highest number of subscribers in Nigeria said it had filed an appeal against the said judgement at a higher court.
“We can confirm that the National Industrial Court took a position which we consider detrimental to our interests in a suit filed by a former employee.
"The court’s position has been reviewed by our internal and external counsels. Following that review, we have approached a higher court requesting that the decision of the industrial court be set aside.
"We believe that there are critical elements of our case which were not fully considered by the lower court before taking its position. We are confident that the outcome at the superior court will be different and that justice will not only be done but will be seen to be done in this case," MTN explained in a statement.
It reaffirmed its commitment to transparency and international best practices in its dealings with its employees across the country and in other countries where it operates.
"MTN is committed to a policy of openness, integrity, diligence and professionalism in the conduct of business - with customers, shareholders and each other.
"Our Code of Conduct stipulates high labour standards regarding all our employees. In addition we have processes in place to ensure that we act in accordance with international standards and local laws.
"We therefore maintain that we treat all our employees fairly, as captured in the details of our employment contracts, signed and legally binding.
"This situation was no different. The most basic commitment we make – to our customers, our shareholders, and each other – is to conduct ourselves in an ethical, honest and respectful manner,” MTN said.