TELECOM VANUATU LAYS OFF 19 EMPLOYEES

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TVL’s network is available in 58 of the 65 inhabited islands in
Vanuatu

By Lora Lini

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post. Feb 28, 2009) - Telecom Vanuatu Limited has announced that it has released 19 of its staff, some of whom have served the company long-term.

The decision took effect yesterday.

It comes as no surprise in the wake of tougher environment in the Vanuatu telecommunication market, since the introduction of rival company Digicel in 2008.

Ian Kyles, Chief Executive Manager of TVL said: "After careful consideration of its ongoing and future business requirements, it is releasing 19 staff from the organization."

He explained that inevitably for an ex-monopoly any such company in the same circumstances would have to look at cost efficiency measures which is exactly what is happening in TVL.

Mr Kyles said generally the staff that are being released are a mix from across all functions of the different sections of the company and added that the company had very clear set of criteria that would enable the company to maintain its level of staff.

"TVL has liaised fully with labour department to ensure that they are well informed of the company’s intentions and exit process. The company has also ensured that it meets or exceeds all legal requirements relating to staff severance payments and other staff entitlements," he said.

Mr Kyles also confirmed that TVL has also provided to the exiting staff the services of a financial consultant and social counselor for their conveniences.

Meanwhile Daily Post has been informed that two of the 19 members of staff that are part of TVL’s re-sizing exercise have worked for over 30 years with the company.

TVL employs 150 full time staff.

Since 2002, the company has paid more than 1.8 billion vatu [US$16 million] to the Government in fees, charges and taxes.

TVL’s network is available in 58 of the 65 inhabited islands and is known to many as the only full service provider in Vanuatu providing free internet connections to more than 100 schools and has been a major sponsor to a wide range of sporting and cultural events.

 

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