Mobilink-Warid merger has proved that any structural changes at top level impact the employees at a lower level and many other workers and entities that are indirectly related.
The protest by the staff of Warid franchises that have been closed down after the Mobilink Warid merger shows that no arrangement has been made to notify the indirect employees whose job was associated with the parent organization.
Jazz has closed down almost 300 Warid franchises as they were useless. Nearly 60 individuals were affiliated with one franchise and as a result of shut-down thousands have become unemployed.
Authorities like PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) and CCP (Competition Commission of Pakistan) are silent on this issue. According to the protestors, they were not informed earlier through any notification.
Protestors also asked the Netherland’s Ambassador in Pakistan, Ms. Jeanette Seppen to take notice of the matter through the banners.
The recent Mobilink-Warid merger under the flag of Jazz would give an edge to the Vimplecom an Amsterdam-based telecom company and also allow both the merging companies to monopolize the Telecom in Pakistan.
Any change in the structure of an organization often proves to be a bad omen for related entities, but corporate philosophies usually don’t have clauses that compensate for the affectees of any significant change that may impact them in the long run.
In Pakistan same kind of situation had emerged at the time of DTH license auction in November 2016. Cable operators who feared their business would gain a negative impact came out to agitate against the government’s decision.
The case for employees of Warid franchises is much weaker as they don’t have any platform to raise their voice in the form of some union and also because they are workers of a private organization. Although, there were not the direct employees they were potential stakeholders of an organization whose decisions had a long term impact on them.