MTN denies targeting restrained Vodacom employees

MTN Nigeria has denied it employing an agreement with a company called Tuum Communications as being a “guise” to get restrained employees away rival Vodacom.

TechCentral recently received e-mail correspondence coming from a source, who tried to remain anonymous, to your effect that MTN was “knowingly” targeting employees of Vodacom’s corporate business unit who have been underneath a restraint of trade.

“These Vodacom employees have been promised they’re in the MTN environment when their restraint of trade has lapsed and that they may as well manage the portfolio,” the cause said, accusing MTN of unethical behaviour and unfair business practices. The foundation claimed further that Tuum would perform the duties of an “incubation hub to bypass the restraint of trade for virtually any other Vodacom staff that MTN are trying to find to hire in the future”.

But MTN hit back in the allegations on Monday, saying it has “no intention to directly employ any Tuum employee now or even in the future”.

“The partnership with Tuum Communications, or each of MTN’s other similar partnerships, usually are not at all a ‘guise’ to give on new employees or even circumvent restraints of trade,” MTN spokeswoman Jacqui O’Sullivan said.

She said Tuum can be a company that could be serving MTN’s Enterprise business unit for a new sales channel. “As portion of MTN’s turnaround of its Enterprise business, channels are actually intended to create pipelines of the latest business, in the fixed and mobile businesses, which has a strong center on medium and small enterprises.”

‘Partnership model’

“The channel development is undertaken working with a partnership model that is definitely well known throughout the industry and it’ll facilitate entry to the telecommunications sector, particularly by black-owned companies. The extraordinarily high investment costs associated with the sector allow it to be a business rich barriers to entry and MTN’s partnership model seeks to aid smaller companies overcome those barriers,” O’Sullivan said.

“MTN’s Enterprise business was approached by Tuum Communications to enter into a sales agreement using the partnership model. MTN has facilitated some of these partnership agreements in the recent past and, following due process, MTN signed an agreement when using the company.

As a part of the due process, MTN did enquire for the company directors’ restraints of trade
“As included in the due process, MTN did enquire regarding company directors’ restraints of trade. MTN was informed that as Tuum Communications had been established to serve the industry and that it might be network agnostic, their former employers weren’t planning to exercise the restraint clauses, with their individual contracts.

“The agreement between MTN and Tuum has been established working with a partnership model that encourages the roll-out of new customers by MTN offering an economic ‘safety net’ for that first few months (or up to year), relying on the skills available as well as targets being set.

“In the truth of Tuum Communications, the organization has very sound expertise available and this will need to give against extremely ambitious targets – in keeping with partnership agreements such as this. That is why, retainers corresponding to their skills set and targets are already agreed. MTN is convinced of the introduction of new, black-owned businesses inside telecoms sector and channel development through this partnership model is usually a powerful way to do it.

“It is disappointing the anonymous persons have chosen to misrepresent the channel partnership model as well as level unfair and false accusations against both MTN and Tuum Communications. MTN’s turnaround of its Enterprise business will continue to push to facilitate more accessibility to telecoms sector by smaller and black-owned companies and MTN will keep to behave in a manner that is both ethical and respectful to the repair shops it engages, and all other industry operators.”? – ? 2018 NewsCentral Media

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