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Married Women affected by Glo’s alleged Mass-Firing tell their Story

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In March 2018, mega telecoms company Globacom Nigeria allegedly sacked over 90 women seemingly on the basis of their marital status.

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Glo has since released a statement about the trending conversation.

In this video put together by SpaceforChange, the affected women tell their stories.

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34 Comments

  1. Nky

    April 6, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    There seems to be an attack on Women in workplaces. I work for a multinational organization and was sent a letter of termination seemly because I requested for maternity leave. I am taking my time and looking at what legal action to take.

    I have spent four years with the said organization and I am open to advice on how to tackle this.

    • donjessy

      April 6, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      Hi Nky, Well to start off with you need to look at the following questions:

      1.) Was the company a Nigerian based company? (I ask this since I know bellanaija is a blog that is read internationally so I don’t know which country’s law apply to you).
      2.) Were you a full time employee? (if the company is based in Nigeria then this question helps to know whether you fall under the protection ambit of the Nigerian Labour Act)..
      3.)What exact terms were set out in the termination letter for terminating your contract? (this is important in case you want to take this further to court, the reason given/or not given may help guide your case).
      3.) Did the termination follow the procedure set out by the company in your employment/appointment letter? (this can be another ground to claim some compensation if you want to go to court).

      If you are in Lagos, may I suggest you try and contact some organisations that help particularly in employment law issues, ie Lagos State Ministry of Justice runs an office of public defender branch that gives subsidized representation to individuals on numerous issues including employment disputes, or simply contact an employment lawyer.

      Now with regards to the your statement, ( before I write anything PLEASE DO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE OOO, this is just my observation, in no way legal advice) if the reason given on the termination letter clearly states that you were terminated on the ground of you asking for maternity leave, this could amount to a breach of the Labour Act (the maternity leave section in the Act does have some requirements that need to be fulfilled to qualify for the leave though).

      If this reason was not given/or no reason given at all, well this matter MAY fall under a number of issues ie discrimination, or even possibly harassment, or wrongful termination to name the few. Unfortunately with regard to discrimination and harassment grounds in Nigeria, particularly in the employment sector, your options are limited, but still can be argued.

      My two cents and wishing you the best of luck!

    • donjessy

      April 7, 2018 at 1:37 am

      Just adding to my former point, if they did state it was due to your request for maternity leave, you can also claim discrimination.

    • Dayo

      April 7, 2018 at 4:44 am

      @Nky, you CANNOT be fired for seeking maternity leave which is guaranteed under Nigerian labor laws, and it is reasonably certain that any multinational company in Nigeria would have enough good lawyers on retainer to be aware of this.

    • Ephi

      April 7, 2018 at 8:06 am

      Such a thorough response @donjessy, I learnt from it. Thx for taking time to share what you know.

  2. Tara

    April 6, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT!!!

  3. Rukky

    April 6, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Its just sad, yet to watch The video. Hmm what’s all this attack on women? I work for a multi national firm, I’m not married yet but I’m tryna start a business on the side, I’m tryna save so I can start bcos I see what the married women go through when they are pregnant and are to go on maternity leave. To be honest I don’t think I’ll be able to handle all that when I settle down, get pregnant and have to go on maternity leave. All these will have to stop some day soon in shaa Allah .

  4. Kosi

    April 6, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Let’s use the power of social media guys. Boycott glo. Port to other networks. Make them uncomfortable until they compensate these women.

  5. John

    April 7, 2018 at 12:37 am

    Married women!!! …the worst set of people you can work with.

    So entitled and very slow.

    In my organization, I avoid them and I don’t even hire them to start with unless you are 40 and above or very young and single.

    Once I hear that you are planning to get married. . I will smile and congratulate you but alarm bells will start to ring…bcos I know what next . I wont sack you immediately but I will just set another trap for you that you must fall into.

    I am not bad, it is just that I have my reasons.

    So many bad experience with them..even their fellow women don’t like working with them ..I do this in order to avoid stories that touches the heart later..
    It has saved me alot of trouble.

    What Glo did ( if it is true ) is not cool but I Understand.

    • mi

      April 8, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      excuse me sir, i’m not understanding

    • Susan

      April 8, 2018 at 9:17 pm

      John, I have never underestimated your stupidity. Each day, with each post you keep showing how immensely idiotic you are. Why the reasonless and inaccurate generalization? Do you know how many married women with kids are in top positions as Directors, CFOs, CEOs, etc, in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and beyond and are doing incredibly fantastic jobs? Even the ED of Glo who’s the owner’s daughter; isn’t she a married mother of two? If you want to argue, or disagree with something, do it with sense.

    • Ade

      April 9, 2018 at 3:58 am

      John John John! Every time you never cease to disappoint. Eyan buruku ni e. Your bitterness is not of this world. You discriminate and I hope the laws of karma visit you without mercy.

  6. fausiat

    April 7, 2018 at 1:44 am

    Yes I agree with Kosi, We should all boycott glo. This is so inhumane!!!

  7. Moreni

    April 7, 2018 at 3:26 am

    This is so unfair!!!! Please lawyers what can be done?? Ivie omoregie where are you?? We need an article from you. How can this be tackled? what are these women’s best chances? Please somebody, anybody help them, help us(women). Injustice to one is injustice to all. I can’t believe this! OMG! In 2018?!! Nigeria seems to retrogress minute by minute! A country so large with a ton of brain power and this is what you get????! My oh my! Are there no checks and balances? Labour union, no? Gosh! I would be following this story like a hawk. I really can’t do much(not Nigerian) so I would watch and cheer those who do. I would encourage ALL the women affected by this to come out. There should already be staged protests against glo by now. Please we need someting done. Nigeria has a Ministry of women affairs and I am wondering what they are doing about this issue. They should be on top of this! As a woman do not ignore this issue even if you are not affected. If Globacom gets away with this, it is only a matter of time before other companies private or not would get the memo. People need to start calling glo out! On a side note, Nigerian women are beautiful? Even in their anger and bitterness, they all look beautiful, neat and well kept?

  8. Bola

    April 7, 2018 at 3:37 am

    This is so wrong. I watched the video and don’t even know what to say. The annoying part is that women are still being discriminated all over the world in the work place. I am currently doing a course on Employment Law and from what I’ve learnt so far, these women can sue Globacom. Also, even if they wanted to lay them off; the staff MUST have compensation benefits.
    Adenuga should be cautious and put this into consideration. I heard that a couple of years ago (allegedly) he hired a lot of Indians in the management and decision-making positions, and some of them treat the Nigerian workers baldy in their own country, oftentimes dismiss them and then hire people from their own country (Indian), as I said, allegedly. Adenuga shouldn’t let his company be like another company I wouldn’t mention that employed Asian staff into their company in Nigeria, which led to the end of the company and it has now been bought. The Asian management staff basically changed everything about the company. Sometimes, these expatriates do more harm than good; Adenuga don’t give them power to do things their way. At the end of the day, as you’ve always said; Globacom is an indigenous company. Let me also add that Bella Disu who’s an Executive Director of the company and daughter of the founder is a married mother of two. Dismissing someone cause of marital status, religion, race, etc is totally wrong and against employment laws. I’m not sure what people have against married women or mothers working; after everyone will be shouting “women empowerment”. Even here in Canada and some other countries, some employees are reluctant to hire married or pregnant women and mothers; it is totally ridiculous. Globacom needs an entire makeover. They started off really well, now they’ve gone from bad to worse. Stop your irrelevant celebrity endorsements and focus on rectifying the current poor network/service, and what’s truly important, also adopt HR policies that’ll favour not just the employers; but will be equitable to the employees.
    PS- Sorry for the epistle guys; I’m just totally peeved about this.

    • Aare Farmland

      April 7, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      Something went wrong in terms of management. It does not make sense to disengage people because they are married. If it is to cut cost, the management made bad decisions in studying the jobs available, the skills necessary, the tasks, significance which may have ballooned the cost. Performance wise, married women should perform on the same level. If it is a result of absenteeism, you find ways to tackle the problem, set up a plan, warning system, probation etc. But I have no strong feeling for the man either here or there. He is too secretive and seems controlling but my guess is the debacle is managements fault. I doubt there is any accurate figure publicly about the revenues, profit or even number of employees they have.

  9. Sheri

    April 7, 2018 at 4:25 am

    This was quite disheartening to watch. The mode, approach they used in letting these women go was not appropriate. Globacom. Wack customer service and wack ethics too obviously.

  10. Ovadje

    April 7, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Every company in Nigeria has to abide by whatever labour laws exists in the country, but folks also have to realize that there are no jobs for life and you can lose your job at anytime (and honestly for any reason whatsoever so long as the employer follows due process under the law). Working in a private company is not like the Nigerian civil service where you have a job as long as you can breathe (and sometimes long after you have stopped breathing).

  11. Victoria Inyama

    April 7, 2018 at 11:13 am

    This is the only media platform I am seeing this issue mentioned aside from individual post. This is so sad and disgraceful, this is Nigeria in 2018, this is sophisticated Slavery. So not fair. Theses ladies should pls keep talking and sending out posts like this. I would certainly love to share this post on my page if I can get a clip. Thank you to bellanaija for this. Every little helps.

    • Aare Farmland

      April 7, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      They actually came late to the party, It was reported weeks before

    • Nma

      April 8, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      They came VERY late to the party, and are even screening comments; as usual.

  12. Susan

    April 7, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Bella Naija! You’ve truly become a useless site. You’re also screening comments for this?! What do you advocate besides fashion and weddings? Someone cannot condemn what’s wrong?! You guys have lost it. Uche Pe you should be ashamed of your team, if you like delete this too.

  13. Liz

    April 7, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    I think Globacom already stated their reasons for the sack.

  14. Ben

    April 7, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    I do not think they are sidelining women or that there’s any form of discrimination. I think the company needed a new set of staff and did what they had to do

  15. Cynthia

    April 7, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    But there’s no proof about this guys, I saw a tweet where glo denied sacking them for being married. There’s also a Nairaland gist where some staff of Glo also debunked the rumour and said it wasn’t just women but men alike. These women should go use their time to start something and stop this online rant. Just talking from my own perspective. Peace out Bellanaijarians

    • Aare Farmland

      April 7, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      The issue was the disproportionate number of married women that were disengaged.

    • Ephi

      April 7, 2018 at 8:42 pm

      Cynthia, I think it’s wrong to refer to this as “online rant”. These are people who just lost their source of income, let’s have some empathy.

      ‘Evil’ will continue to thrive as long as people turn a blind eye to something simply because they are not affected by it.

  16. fleur

    April 7, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Can women stop using glo phones?

    • Nnekajk

      April 7, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      I worked with Some of these women, yet I was promoted in the place of a man. My former colleagues are attacking the married women that were retained by Glo for speaking not out that we are not affected by this claim. The only reason marriage comes to play in this matter is simply that most of the staff in that department were female and married!

  17. Anonymous

    April 7, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    I feel their pains. I am sure the company looked at the legal implication and ensured they are protected. Truth is if an employer doesn’t want your service any more they can hide under any guise and do it “legally”. I wish the women strength to move on and the best of luck to face the long legal haul if they insist on pursuing it.

    I am sure the company could have still disengaged them in a dignifying manner by offering a disengagement package that many would even scramble for. They can afford it. From my observation the few companies that care about disengaging their staff in a decent and dignified manner have their head offices in countries where things are done properly and so it comes naturally to them. But trust our Nigerian businesses. No one to hold them accountable so anything goes.

  18. Ephi

    April 7, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    I just watched the video. Globacom is SO wrong for this. These women need to sue ASAP. Make an example of Glo for this, otherwise other companies will stylishly start to follow suit. All the people making such anti-women decisions, were they not given birth to by a woman?! What an irony.

  19. Exq

    April 8, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Apart from marriage and gender based discrimination; Interns, Graduates, Unemployed People and Job Seekers looking for jobs should ensure Globacom is their last resort. They have really poor HR policies that do not benefit employees and they treat their staff unjustly and like crap. As if that’s not enough, the owner’s children who work there as Executive Directors; Bella and Abimbola are very nasty to the workers. They insult them at any given opportunity and are just plain rude. This is an open secret. Some staff will have to drive to Bella’s house for some documents to be signed and she can keep them waiting outside the gate, until she has showered and eaten before responding to them. The other one, Abimbola will go to Globacom locations to make sure everything is in check and in the process, if she’s unsatisfied with any behaviour from the workers, she can ask on the spot that the worker or workers aren’t paid for a month. The irony is that Paddy who everyone insults wasn’t like that in any way when he was an Executive Director at Globacom, same thing as Oyin and Jide, particularly Jide; they treated the staff with respect. They’re not the only ones who work for their father or the only private business in Nigeria so I’m not sure why they act like that. Dangote has his daughters working for him, Leo Stan has his first daughter working for him, and MANY other private owned businesses have their kids working for them. It’s terrible. This is a company that when they want to hire people, they specifically look for “thick, sharp women”; who does that?

  20. Exq

    April 8, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Bella Naija, if you like screen my comments like you’ve screened other people’s comments.

    • Nma

      April 8, 2018 at 9:19 pm

      Bella Naija, whatever this user above posted that means you truly screened it as you approved his/her other comment. This is pathetic from you guys; unsurprising though.

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