SPTC workers to petition PM over MTN saga
MBABANE – SPTC Employees have resolved to petition Prime Minister (PM) Sibusiso Dlamini to resolve the feud between the parastatal and Swazi MTN over the Joint Venture Agreement (JVA).
The JVA is an agreement that was entered into by the two companies before Swazi MTN started operating in 1998. It outlines the relationship between the two companies. SPTC has a 41 per cent shareholding at Swazi MTN.
The Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) workers fear that the constant disagreement between the two companies over contents of the JVA will affect them negatively.
The agreement states, among many provisions, that SPTC is not allowed to offer mobile telephone services. Swazi MTN took SPTC to court for breaching the agreement when it introduced a mobile component to its services. MTN said the mobile component competed with their products and services.
The International Court of Arbitration has ruled in favour of MTN in this case and SPTC is set to pay compensation for damages.
Secretary General of the Staff Association, Mcebo Sigudla, said they had written to the PM informing him of their intention to petition him on the matter. He said workers were unhappy that the Cabinet Sub Committee had failed to conclude the matter after a long period.
Sigudla said they had tried to engage the Cabinet Sub Committee but their efforts failed as no one showed interests in addressing them. "This is the reason that we have since resolved to go to the Prime Minister," he said.
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