A Non Governmental Organisation, Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER) have written a petition to the Chairman of Globacom Limited, Otunba Mike Adenuga, demanding N5.7billion as compensations for over 100 married women allegedly sacked from the employment of the communications company on account of their marital status.
Since last week, news had spread across Nigeria, particularly on social media that 91 married female staff of Globacom had lost their jobs. Globacom is yet to deny or confirm the allegations.
However, in a letter dated March 16,2018 and signed by one Frank Tiatia, Executive Director, CASER, the NGO is demanding N50million each for the sacked women. The organization gave an ultimatum of seven days for the demands to be met, or Globacom will face a court action.
Find below excerpts of the letter.
16th March, 2018
The Managing Director
Mike Adenuga Towers
1, Mike Adenuga Close
Off Adeola Odeku Street
*DEMAND FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE SUM OF N5,700,000,000.00 (FIVE BILLION, SEVEN HUNDRED MILLION NAIRA) AS COMPENSATION FOR THE UNFAIR LABOUR PRACTICE, AMOUNTING TO THE VIOLATION OF THE FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE MARRIED WOMEN RECENTLY SACKED BY GLOBACOM LTD*
The Citizens Advocacy for Social & Economic Rights (CASER has unassailable evidence that the recent termination of the employment of over 100 (one hundred) Nigerian women by Globacom Ltd, is linked to their status as married women.
CASER views the acts of subjecting these women to beauty tests such as possessing good body shapes or declaring the number of child births recorded amongst other criteria, as an obnoxious, highly offensive and unfair labour practice which should attract punitive sanctions with wide international condemnation, on grounds amounting to a gross human right violation of the women’s right to freedom from discrimination as provided by *Section 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria* and other applicable international human rights instruments.
In addition, that the married women were sacked on a day after the International Women’s Day- 8th March, 2018, is a mockery of internationally held values on women in general.
Therefore, having secured their consent as members of CASER, we on the behalf of the women who were sacked because of their marital status and other abusive considerations, hereby demand for the immediate payment of the sum of *N50,000,000.00* (Fifty Million Naira ) to each of them thus, amounting to not less than *N5,700,000,000.00* (Five Billion, Seven Hundred Million Naira) as compensation to the women, for the gross violation of their fundament right to freedom from discrimination on grounds of sex- being female gender.
CASER agrees that Globacom reserves the right to terminate the employment of its employees. However, where the company exercises that right in blatant, flagrant and crass violation of the special rights of Nigerian women, it must then seriously pay for such disregard for human rights, especially the rights of women.
TAKE NOTICE that the failure to compensate these women financially, within a period of Seven (7) days from the receipt of this demand letter, shall attract serious administrative and legal consequences against Globacom at the instance of CASER.
We therefore advise strongly that the company complies with the above demand in its own interest and show that it is a business entity that respects the peculiar fundamental human rights of Nigerian women.
With utmost regards.
Executive Director, Citizens Advocacy for Social & Economic Rights (CASER)
The Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of labour & Productivity
The Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Women’s Affairs
Executive Vice Chairman/ CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission
The Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission
Country Director, Centre for Democracy & Development, Nigeria
Country Director, Amnesty International, Nigeria
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights