Union opposes redundancy plans

22 Oct 2008

Kenya’s Communication Workers Union is calling on members to reject proposals requesting voluntary redundancies at state-backed fixed line and mobile operator Orange Kenya. A report from Dow Jones cites a story in local newspaper Business Daily which says that the union’s secretary general, Benson Okwaro, is urging staff to oppose the plans for more layoffs. The telco, which is part-owned by France Telecom, is thought to be looking at reducing its workforce by several hundred staff via a voluntary redundancy programme, though exact figures have not been released. Orange, which was formerly known as Telkom Kenya, axed several thousand workers in the run-up to its privatisation at the end of 2007.

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