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Cameroon’s Eto’o MVNO workers go on strike

Cameroonian MVNO Eto’o Telecom’s employees have taken to the country’s streets in protest of unpaid wages, according to local reports.

Samuel Eto'o, owner of Eto'o Telecom

The MVNO is most notable for being owned by Cameroon international footballer Samuel Eto’o – the highest played footballer in the world, according to business news website Business Insider. Despite the athlete’s wealth, the firm’s employees claim they have not been paid their salaries or bonuses for five months, according to African website Africa Top Sports.

The employees claim they are owed more than 12 million CFA francs (US$24,000) by Eto’o Telecom, and have even threatened to organise a hunger strike until they are paid, according to the report.

Employees are hoping the footballer will personally intervene to rectify the situation, and have been holding placards that roughly translated, read: “Eto’o, your idea of Eto’o Mobile was good. But our leaders took the opportunity to rip us off and exploit us. Come to our aid!”

The firm’s  Deputy Director General Georges Dooh Collins was dismissed in January. He was fired by the board in consultation with senior management, according to local news website Investir au Cameroun.


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