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Right To Reply: Airtel Responds To Industrial Unrest Letter

Following publication of a letter that Airtel employees contracted through NSN were planning industrial unrest, the mobile communication firm has responded stating the company’s business model took a different turn in 2001 when it started outsourcing labour.

Airtel has since distanced its business connection with NSN saying the company is solely responsible for its workers.

SEE BELOW IS THE RESPONSE FROM AIRTEL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE

PRESS STATEMENT

Lusaka, January 21st, 2018

Airtel Networks Zambia Plc wishes to clarify and correct misleading news
reports regarding an alleged impending “Industrial Unrest at Airtel”.

Airtel’s business model since 2011 has been that of ‘outsourcing’ as this has
over the years improved the company focus on our core business and enabled
the company to access expertise in various areas.

It is with this background, that Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) is one of our
many partners that we have outsourced to do work with.

Nokia Siemens Networks are therefore better positioned to comment on any
matters relating to any alleged work stoppage.

Issued by:
The Corporate Communications Office
Email: pr.ccgc@zm.airtel.com
About Bharti Airtel Limited

Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 16 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 3 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company’s product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed home broadband, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G, 4G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 394 million customers across its operations at the end of December 2017. To know more please visit, www.airtel.com.

5 Comments

  1. hasty

    Comment Airtel ,whatever your ranking in the world ,your services leave much to be desired.ZCTA should stop the rot if at all it has tooth also .

  2. vern

    Zicta where is your teeth for goodnes sake.

  3. Pamusebo

    Airtell has disappointed me with their network which is below the required.
    Zicta please help us

  4. ORANGE

    WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT DRAGGING ITS FEET OVER ALLOWING OTHER MOBILE SERVICE PROVIDERS LIKE VODACOM,ORANGE ETC TO START OPERATING IN ZAMBIA?AIRTEL,MTN AND ZAMTEL HAVE REALLY EXPLOITED THE POOR PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY BUT FOR HOW LONG IS THIS GOING TO END?

  5. sj

    Labour laws are easily flouted in this part of the world, this can only be that someone down the line has moral laxity and not up to scratch with their job.
    Late President F.T. Chiluba when he was looking after the interests of ZCTU did try to make his existance felt/known by trying to defend workers rights. Airtel aren’t the only Company with what the workers call slave wages, some Chinese firms ill pay local workers too. But we’ve not heard the Powers that be promising to take the matter up. KAMO NGA NIBO crying out Lion, Lion, Lion so someone can come to their rescue. Otherwise it’s BUSINESS as usual. The dividing Line between Them and Us is drawn, HAVES and HAVE NOTS.

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