The Central Organization of Trade Unions of Kenya (COTU-K) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has criticized plans by Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa of restructure its management.
Reports have revealed that the Safaricom CEO intends to restructure its management, a process that will see some of the employees of the telecommunications company lose their jobs.
Through a statement, the Trade Union stated that the move by the Safaricom Boss would violate the rights of its employees who have helped in building the company to what it is.
The Union also raised concerns over the job security of the workers, especially after they were required to re-apply for their positions.
“This new move by Safaricom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Ndegwa is not acceptable and remains an affront to workers’ rights. It is insensitive and inhuman for Ndegwa to bring about drastic changes at Safaricom while infringing the rights of workers who have built the company to what it is today,” the COTU’s statement read.
It is estimated that over 6000 workers would lose their source of livelihood should Ndegwa go ahead in implementing his plans.
The Union therefore, urged the Safaricom Boss to abort his mission warning that it would appeal to the company’s board of directors, including other shareholders, to fire him should he implement his plans.
Ndegwa argued that the company would have increased its staff at the end of the process since they will hire more people with a technology background and digital skills, contrary to the reducing employees’ notion.
The company’s M-pesa was for the fourth year running voted Kenya’s leading super brand. The mobile money transfer platform emerged the winner of a survey undertaken in 2020 by top urban consumers in the country’s three leading cities of Kisumu, Mombasa, and Nairobi.