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

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.

The memo 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.

It read, "Kindly be informed that effective January 2016, an employee who wishes to go on maternity leave will have to apply for a break (leave without pay) and reapply for their position after the maternity break." "Also note that, contract duration is for six (6) months and renewable upon availability of the job and performance", it continued.

Dated 5th April 2016, the now viral memo, was signed off by one Delia Ayisi-Okyere as the General Manager of the facility.


Roshi Motman, CEO of Tigo Ghana, however reacted to the news. She commented on a post by Chris-Vincent on Facebook, saying, "This is the first time I am hearing of this. We would never approve such a policy. This is our outsourcing partner and we will take action. I am first and foremost a woman and mother, then a business leader."

Section - 57 of Ghana's Labour Act651 states that "A woman worker on maternity leave is entitled to be paid her full remuneration and other benefits to which she is otherwise entitled" has reached out to Tigo Ghana and Reliance Personnel and Logistics for comments.

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