Axed Telkom Kenya Staff To Re-Apply Under Merger Deal With Airtel
23 August 2019
Fired Telkom Kenya staff now have the opportunity to try to get back to work after the telco announced that it would advertise and interview the employees as first preference for positions in the merged entity.
In a statement, Telkom Kenya noted that even though the notice is subject to regulatory approval, it is in line with the laws of Kenya and that a second recruitment had to be performed before employees moved to the new entity.
This comes a week after the telco had announced plans to lay off a total of 575 of its employees (71% of total staff) due to redundancy resulting from the merger with Airtel.
The CEO of Telkom Kenya, Mugo Kibati said that employees lines of business had not been affected and would be retained in the redefined Telkom organization, subject to roles being available in the merged organization and those individuals also meeting the recruitment criteria.
Telkom Kenya Limited and Airtel Networks Limited have signed a binding agreement to combine their respective businesses in Kenya and are expected to start operating as Airtel-Telkom.
However, the deal has been met by opposition from a group of ex- Airtel employees who had gone to court to try to prevent the merger deal as they want the India-owned mobile operator first to compensate them.
In a letter addressed to the Communications Authority, approximately 52 former employees of Airtel want the regulator to pause the approval of the merger until the conclusion of the case.