Strike hits MTN South African union says 2,000 workers strike at mobile group

About 700 workers, clad in red T-shirts and carrying placards with slogans such as "MTN integrity is gone," temporarily blocked the main road leading to MTN's head office, where they delivered their demands.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

About 2,000 South African workers of MTN Group went on strike on Wednesday demanding more pay, the first major industrial action to hit Africa's biggest mobile phone operator since its formation in 1994.

About 700 workers, clad in red T-shirts and carrying placards with slogans such as "MTN integrity is gone," temporarily blocked the main road leading to MTN's head office, where they delivered their demands.

South Africa's mostly black labour force is increasingly restive two decades after the end of apartheid, with perceptions prevalent that the earnings made in a range of industries have not flowed fairly to workers.

"MTN continues to rake in profits as the biggest mobile operator on the continent and cannot deny the very people who make it possible to prosper the right to share in its success," Thabo Magalane, deputy general secretary of the Communications Workers Union, said in an address to workers.

The CWU wants a 10 percent pay rise, a 16 percent bonus payment and higher allowances for work done over weekends and holidays.

"We can no longer tolerate the arrogance and plain refusal of the company to meet legitimate, reasonable demands of workers," Magalane said.

Ahmad Farouk, head MTN's South African operations, had to be escorted by police back to the company's offices through the crowd of protesters.

MTN, along with rivals in Africa's most advanced economy, is trying to contain costs in the face of tough competition that has hit profit margins.

The company, which reported a 9 percent increase in full-year profit in March, employs about 6,500 people in its home market, where it trails rival Vodacom by subscribers.

MTN spokesman Chris Maroleng had no comment.

MTN's shares slid 3.3 percent to 228.01 rand by 1231 GMT, on track for their biggest daily percentage decline in about two months and lagging closest rival Vodacom Group which was down 1.4 percent.

MTN was founded with the government's help just after the end of apartheid in 1994. With a market value of $36 billion, MTN is the second-largest company with a primary listing in Johannesburg. Former chairman Cyril Ramaphosa is South Africa's Deputy President.

Download our mobile app today.

Android - Google Play Store

iPhone - Apple App Store

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos




Top Articles

1 In Central Region Police intercept a bunch of cedi notes in over 30...bullet
2 Election 2016 Ghana's presidential candidates make final push before votebullet
3 Chaos At Bus Stations NDC, NPP hijack buses at terminals as...bullet
4 Redevelopment Mahama opens Kejetia market today [Photos]bullet
5 Fraud Alert Fake US Embassy in Ghana shut down after a decade of...bullet
6 2016 elections Nana Addo has won spiritually but… - Prophetbullet
7 In Eastern Region NDC DCE robbed at gunpointbullet
8 Election 2016 Weapons allegedly seized from an NDC sympathiserbullet
9 His Excellency Top 10 John Mahama quotes that will shock youbullet
10 Judgment debt Supreme Court adjourns Amidu vs Woyome...bullet

Top Videos

1 Kwame Nkrumah Interchange Water leaks from hole in wall at new Kwame...bullet
2 Obinim saga We had sex only once - Obinim victims confessbullet
3 Elections 2016 Nana Addo holds conference in Kumasi ahead of Dec 7...bullet
4 Video IEA Presidential Townhall 2016bullet
5 Obinim What happen'd when we fact checked Obinim's Bible knowledgebullet
6 Woyome Judgement Debt Kweku Baako dances over Amidu's winbullet
7 Watch Kumchacha delivers Counselor Lutterodt from 'demons'bullet
8 Video Florence Obinim defends husband Bishop Obinimbullet
9 Accra Floods Adabraka floods after downpourbullet
10 Ashiaman This is what being a market queen is aboutbullet

News