500 Teleco staff go as state prepares for privatisation

23 Jul 2007

Around 500 staff of Télécommunications D’Haiti (Teleco) have had their employment terminated this month as part of the Haitian government’s plan to privatise the incumbent telco, according to local news reports. The redundancies leave the company with around 2,800 workers, and according to local sources, the government is aiming to reduce this total to below 1,000 to streamline operations ahead of privatisation. The dismissals had been expected, following a series of statements by President Rene Preval and Teleco director general Michel Presume, and came after a three-week strike organised by the telephone workers’ union. The union president, Jean Mabou, was among the sacked workers, and termed the lay-offs ‘illegal and arbitrary’.

Haiti, Natcom