Could the bloodbath get any worse than this? Nigerian telecoms company, Airtel, have just let go of 30 per cent of her staff. Reports from New Telegraph claims that the sack happened last Friday, and the affected employees were ‘caught unawares’.
On a good note, the sacked people were paid off 5 months in advance. In a private email, Mr. Emeka Oparah, Director, Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at Airtel Nigeria confirmed the restructuring plans:
“Airtel Nigeria is embarking on a strategic restructuring that will reposition the business and reinforce its competitiveness in the market place,”
“the exercise, which is focused on aligning the company’s structure with its operating model, also entails a right-sizing that will impact a section of our current workforce.”
“One of the key objectives is to create a high performing organisation, which satisfies the needs of all of our stakeholders, especially our customers, as we step into the next growth phase of our operation,”
Another source claims that the action was necessitated on grounds of staff duplication. Hence the need for the downsizing.