Maternity Leave Tigo Ghana calls Reliance policy 'unfair'; takes action

Tigo Ghana has issued a statement to the matter detailing the actions taken and reiterating Millicom's stand on diversity and inclusion.

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The memo was initially thought to have come from Tigo Ghana, but was later clarified to have come from one of the personnel providers for the telecommunications network. play

The memo was initially thought to have come from Tigo Ghana, but was later clarified to have come from one of the personnel providers for the telecommunications network.

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News of how Reliance Personnel, an HR company, was implementing a leave-without-pay for workers on maternity leave broke yesterday, 5th April.

The memo, initially thought to have come from Tigo Ghana, also sought to tell staff that, even during the requested maternity leave, original contract durations of 6 months shall be observed and be subject to renewal if they expire during the leave period.

READ : Memo calling for 'leave-without-pay' for pregnant women agitates Ghanaians

Roshi Motman, CEO of Tigo Ghana, expressed shock at the news on social earlier, saying it was the first time she had heard of it and was going to take definitive action. The company has issued a statement to the matter detailing the actions taken and reiterating Millicom's stand on diversity and inclusion.

Millicom is the mother company of the multinational telco, Tigo. Read the fill statement below;

Re-Maternity leave policy for staff of Reliance Services working for Tigo

Regarding the story circulating in the media about a new policy directive from Tigo’s out-sourcing agency, Reliance Personnel Services, in relation to maternity leave, we wish to clarify our position.

The policy is unfair and does not meet the standards of our commitment to diversity and inclusion especially at a time when the world is calling for gender parity to bridge the gender gap. As a company that has deep respect for transparency, diversity and equal opportunities, we will not tolerate any breaches in respect to our Suppliers Code of Conduct and or / higher standards.

After our discussions with Reliance we have taken immediate action and the only affected employee has been contacted. Going forward Reliance will do the following:

This is in full compliance with Ghana’s Labour Law and Tigo Ghana’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion as well as our international parent company, Millicom’s commitments which also includes respect for Human Rights.

Diversity, specifically promoting gender diversity is one of the cornerstones of our business strategy and in Ghana we have increased the number of women in senior management positions from 5% in 2013 to 30% in 2015.

At Tigo our aim is to recruit, retain and develop the best talent at every level in the organisation and we want to send a message to all women, whether mothers or not, that we are totally committed to being inclusive.

As a business, we have both short and long term needs and like most others, very much depend on vendors and suppliers to help us to deliver on our objectives. Out-sourcing some of our business services is commonplace and allows us to stay focused on our core business. Using local businesses such as Reliance Personnel Services for staff on contract is therefore not out of the norm.

Today I have asked my team to conduct an in-depth audit of some of our key vendors and suppliers, including Reliance, to ensure strict adherence and compliance to all our Service Level Agreements and Code of Conduct, without exception. This is in addition to our standard supplier monitoring processes.

Signed

Roshi Motman

CEO Tigo Ghana

  • Pay all female staff on maternity leave their full salary.
  • Ensure that all employees return to their jobs after the 3 months maternity leave.
  • Allow for shorter working days for nursing mothers at their return to work.

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