The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) has expressed its concern over a planned restructuring at Telecommunication giant Safaricom, that threatens to send home majority of its employees.
According to reports, the plan seeks to reorganize the hierarchical structure while doing away with some employees, a move that has caused anxiety among its over 6000 workers.
In a press statement released by Francis Atwoli led outfit, the restructuring threatens to interfere with the job security or workers at the Waiyaki Way based organization. COTU expressed their worries that the Telco would be contravening the ILO Conventions on protection of job security.
” It is insensitive and inhuman, for Mr. Ndegwa to bring about drastic changes at Safaricom PLC while infringing on the rights of workers who have built Safaricom to what it is today where it enjoys more than 30 million subscribers,” read the statement in part.
The union also expressed its fears that Mr. Ndegwa could be dangerous to the welfare of the workers.
” It is also shocking that even though Mr. Ndegwa is the first Kenyan Safaricom CEO, he remains the most dangerous CEO the company has ever had when it comes to protecting workers’ rights.”
COTU appealed to Safaricom’s board of directors to act should the CEO persist with the plans.
According to the proposed plans, the CEO is planning to introduce small teams called squads which consist of up to 10 workers. The squads will then be put together to form a tribe which will have about 60- 100 workers.
The tribes will then report to the executive committee.