Corporate Affair Director of Orange, Barry Honoh has confirmed to SALONE TIMES that the company has been dragged to court for human rights abuses and for breaching the labour laws.
This is as a result of how the company decided to unceremoniously sack one Samuel Ansumana who was the Digital Manager.
According to the report, someone worked into the orange shop and paid for SMS that should be published on the 5 March 2018.
That after paying for the SMS at the shop, the person then went to the Digital Manager of Orange, Samuel Ansumana and they arranged on the message that should be published as it is usually done.
The message was published and it was a political SMS for the then Mayoral Candidate of the then opposition party now ruling party.
After the message had been published, Samuel Ansumana was queried and summoned for disciplinary hearing.
Having gone through that, the Digital Manager was fired for breaching a non-existent code of ethics.
The reports continued that Anusmana later appealed but his appeal was not heard in violation of his right to work which is integral in Sierra Leone Labour Laws as his position was later advertised.
The report continued that the political class put pressure on the company to take that decision against Samuel Ansumana
Interestingly, Orange has not given its work code of ethics to any of its staff contrary to the labour laws and as a communication company they also don’t have any policy on SMS message.