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‘We have receive two months salary from the government’


September 1, 2021

By Yusufu S. Bangura & Tutan Sesay

PRO for SIERRATEL Badamasi Cole

Public Relations Officer for Sierra Leone Telecommunications Company Limited (SIERRATEL), Badamasi Cole has yesterday told this medium that they have received two months backlog salaries for the months June and July from the government of Sierra Leone.

He said the payment comes immediately after some staffs of the company give 21-days strike notice to the management of SIERRATEL over the non-payment of salary for three months, incomplete payment of leave allowances, non-payment of 2021 leave allowances, non-payment of NASSIT contributions for two years among many others, if they did not give them their salaries after 21 days they would laid down their tools.

He said the main reason why they were not able to pay some staffs of the company is because they are not generating enough revenue to meet their cost of demand for paying salaries and other benefits that staffs should receive.

He said adding that over the past years they were generating up to 6 to 7million Leones, but it has drastically drop which makes them not to meet their challenges. 

Mr. Cole said on Thursday they had a meeting with the Minister of Information and Communication where he told them that they would address their issues and he encourage them to continue their hard work because they as government will work with the company to make sure they gain back their past glory.

He continue that the minister promised to give them their leave allowance for 2020 and they will look into their NASSIT, retires payment, medical facilities and other necessary areas raised by the staffs because the government knows that the company is not in good shape, adding that the management has consult a partner that will provide the facility for them to compete in the telecoms market.

PRO Cole further said that some staffs were not able to received their 2020 and 2021 leave allowance because the company is not generating enough revenue as they are now using absolute technology whereas they are using old generator, old vehicle for the past five years and they have maliciously damaged their underground fiber cables which makes their internet to be off that why they are not generating revenue.

He said when the management realised that they are not generating enough revenue they informed the government about it as a result of that the government consulted a partner that will give them equipment for them to be part in the telecoms industry in the country.

“I want to ask my colleagues to hold the minister on his words because he has given us a word of encouragement not to go into industrial action because he will make sure that they address their concerns. Let us be patient with the government and the management to see if they will fulfill their promise to us. I hope there will be light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. 

In his own part through a general notice given to staffs on the 25th August 2021, Managing Director for SIERRATEL, Price A.S Bio said the management is aware of the historical challenges spanning over a decade face by the company, these challenges include but not limited to the obsolete code division multiple access technology, aged equipment, longstanding liabilities and others, management has made frantic efforts to address some of those challenges within the limited available resources and to keep a peaceful industrial atmosphere.

He said they also seized the fact that the transformation of SIERRATEL to a competitive and profitable entity requires huge financial injection, therefore the management is making strides to secure the right opportunity to achieve the desired feat.

 “I want to plead with the entire workforce to maintain a congenial attitude and work atmosphere to allow management provide the right leadership for the growth and transformation of the business,” he said.

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