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December 11, 2018

Retrenched Telkom staff to get Sh70,000 transport, month's pay for years worked

A man walks from a Telkom shop in Nairobi's CBD, May 2, 2018. /MONICAH MWANGI
A man walks from a Telkom shop in Nairobi's CBD, May 2, 2018. /MONICAH MWANGI

About 500 staff affected in the Telkom Kenya retrenchment will receive a modest Sh70,000 fare home once they receive their letters.

This was part of the agreement between the telco and Communications Workers Union (Cowu).

In the agreement, Telkom will be required to pay each retrenched employee severance dues for one month's salary for every year worked.

The firm is also expected to pay salary in lieu of notice as per an employee's contract of employment.

Telkom workers will also get paid in cash for all leave days earned but not taken as well as for any commissions earned.

The company, in the November 29 agreement, is also to pay any overtime due in cash to those entitled to the same.

Retrenched Telkom staff will also enjoy the data and airtime until February 28 next year.

The telco will also issue its employees with the certificate of services as per the agreement steered by the Federation of Kenya Employers.

Some of the affected employees have reportedly received their letters following the restructuring. 

The retrenchment comes amid reports that Telkom has revived talks with Airtel to establish a giant telco to take on market leader Safaricom.

There were reports that the government is interested in acquiring more shares in Telkom for 'strategic reasons'.

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