Company Fires 719 Employees Amid Tough Economic Times

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Kericho-based tea factory, James Finlay Tea, on Friday, November 20 announced that it will be laying off over 700 employees by the end of the year.

In a notice by the company’s Human Resource Manager Daniel Kirui and copied to Kericho and Bomet KPAWU branch secretaries and labour officers, Finlay stated that the intended redundancy will come to effect on December 31, 2020.

“This redundancy is a result of difficult business environment caused by among others low tea prices, low demand for various products and increased external costs.”

“Considering these and in order to remain sustainable, we have restructured some of our operations leading to some roles becoming superfluous,” the notice reads in part.

The company stated that the process will be conducted in full compliance with the applicable Collective Bargain Agreement (CBA) and labour laws, terms and conditions of employment and employees will receive their full terminal dues.

“Affected employees will be notified appropriately giving details of what is payable as specified in the Collective Bargain Agreement.”

“We will also endeavor to provide the affected employees with appropriate support including access to our counseling services up to their exit,” said Kirui.

This becomes the second time Finlay carrying out a mass layoffs employee after it fired over 1,700 workers in October last year following the closure of Chemirei and Tarakwet flower farms.

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