ZTE reiterates commitment to workers’ welfare
In spite the economic recession that has adversely affected the telecommunications industry, ZTE Nigeria Limited has expressed its commitment to continue to invest in the economy and most important in the development of local human capital.
Speaking in Lagos at the weekend, Head of Administration, Yawei Yang said the company, which started operations in 2002 has hundreds of direct and indirect employees in Nigeria and has impacted positively on the nation’s economy through execution of several projects.
One of such projects, she said include the National project for government and telecommunication operators in Nigeria, adding: “We recognized the current situation in Nigeria but we are going to maintain our high standard in terms of service delivery and commitment to good welfare package for our staff.”
ZTE Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of the ZTE Corporation, is one of the leading multinational ICT solution and service providers in the world and is listed in the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchange Market.
It operates in 160 countries with a total turnover of over 15 Billion USD and over 60,000 staff.
Yang noted that ZTE was among the few telecom companies that allow its staff to unionise, saying, “we have generous welfare packages including trainings and sundry allowances, as well as mobile phone allowance because we believe in the development of our workforce.”
She pointed out that the company had not outsourced any of its operations outside the country as some telecoms firms were currently doing to cut costs.
“Only 17 per cent of our workforce are foreigners and we have always operated within the ambits of the Extant Immigration Laws and Regulations of Nigeria 2015 and all other administrative directives,” she added.
On allegations that the company recently flouted expatriate quota limits, Yang explained that it was true that staff of ZTE China routinely visit Nigeria on business Visa as support group for discussions with telecommunication operators to enable the firm have good business prospects leading to signing of agreement, which has not pulled through since 2014.
“We however, have faith in the resilience of this country and her people and will continue to do our part to ensure a return of boom in the Nigerian telecoms industry,” she stated.