MTN has called for a legally binding arbitration process with the company and the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which could put an end to the current industrial action.
This was the message from Ahmad Farroukh, CEO of MTN SA to a delegation representing the striking employees that met with management yesterday afternoon (1 June).
“MTN wishes to reiterate that the proposal for the appointment of an independent arbitrator that is fair and impartial may be the only practical solution to this stalemate. I therefore urge the unions to accept it. As a law abiding
corporate citizen, MTN undertakes to be bound by the findings of the arbitration process and we will implement whatever judgement the arbitrator deems appropriate,” says Farroukh.
In a statement, MTN has stressed that, during last week’s discussion, it did not offer an alternative percentage other than the current offer nor did it offer a new payment date. MTN is offering a 4% payable on December 2015 and the second payment of 8,33% on March 2016.
“MTN remains committed to finding a speedy and amicable resolution to this impasse. We have an open door policy and we remain committed to constructively engage employees further on this matter in good faith,” Farroukh says.