Job fears in Senegal as Tigo outsources network management

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

People working for Tigo Senegal are worried sick about their jobs after the mobile operator signed an agreement that handed over the management of its network to the Swedish telecom giant Ericsson.

Tigo Senegal MD Diego Camberos called the agreement strategic, saying that it demonstrates Tigo Senegal's commitment to provide innovative services adapted to new technological developments.

The operator will be able to focus solely on the services offered to consumers, Camberos added.

But mistrust has arisen in the camp of the union of Tigo workers who believes that staff working in that department could be simply declared redundant and thrown out.

“Employees working for the other subsidiaries who went through this experience are currently suffering the ill effects of this policy,” Tamsir Seck, S-G of the union of Tigo workers, said in the capital Dakar.

“We were not consulted prior to the signing of this agreement,” Seck added.

But Tigo Senegal insists that staff affected by this agreement will be transferred to Ericsson and will still get the same benefits as they did under Tigo.


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