Telecel woes mount as employees stage sit-in

TELECEL employees Monday morning staged a sit-in at the company’s HQ in Harare, with staff calling for a salaries review.

Telecel has been in crisis for many years now, leaving the long term viability of the company in jeopardy. 

Employees at the telecoms company said their January salaries and  allowances were yet to be processed.

According to an employee who preferred anonymity, their representatives were muting   petitioning management on better working conditions and an upward review of their salaries.

Telecel employees also lamented over what they said was rampant corruption at managerial level, adding that the work environment also posed as a threat to workers’ health.

Zim Morning Post understands that Telecel management was set to address the striking employees at 2pm today (Monday).

The strike action comes after Telecel management last week promised to pull up and turn around the fortunes of the entity following government intervention over the entity’s poor performance.

In a recent exclusive interview with this publication, Telecel boss Angelina Vere said the company intended to improve its network coverage and upgrade Information Technology (IT) systems.

“We believe we have always done things above board and to procedure.Any reported instances of wrongdoing are open to investigation,” she said.

Vere told Zim Morning Post that the board was working on ways to source funds for the restructuring of poor services and systems that currently throng the company.

“The Board is working on a recapitalisation programme to ensure funding in order for these needs to be met,” Vere said 

She also explained that the organisation had adopted a five-year strategic plan now awaiting funding so that pending issues are dealt with.

It has been very clear what needs to be done after the adoption of the five-year strategic plan by the board. What now remains is for the funding to be availed,” Vere said.

Last week, Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) minister Jenfan Muswere sounded warning shots during a meeting with management boards of State-owned telecommunication companies, saying non-performing and corrupt managers would not be spared.

“Management is expected to carry out its mandate, that is, to do their work as assigned them in their respective contracts, which means they either have to shape up or ship out,” he said.

Muswere said this in response to Telecel employees’ communique to him, complaining about the pathetic situation at the entity in which they said IT systems were in shambols.