The Postal corporation of Kenya (Posta Kenya) has written to its staff asking them to take unpaid leave on the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that has impacted their businesses negatively.
“Due to Covid-19 Pandemic and the challenges it is causing to the Kenyan economy, it has been decided that staff who wish to take unpaid leave are encouraged to do so with immediate effect”, a memo written to Stagg on March 26th seen by KBF stated in part.
Many Kenyan firms have had to lay off staff, shut down or impose an unpaid leave agenda.
In early March, Standard Media Group layed off 170 staff, Royal Media Services (RMS) was to lay off 300 but instead opted for 10 staff and further announced 20-20 per cent pay cut on all staff.
Some staff have whispered to Kenyan Business Feed that the pay cut has not been effected on senior managers.
As for Posta Kenya, the firm is willing to even allow a longer period of unpaid leave for its staff as shown by the following part of the internal memo:
“The Posta Code stipulates that an employee can be granted unpaid leave up to a maximum of thirty (30) days. however after consultation the management has decided to change this and allow a longer period of unpaid leave for staff who have served a minimum period of ten (10) years Staff are called upon to fill unpaid leave form in the inspireHRM and submit immediately, those who opt for this will continue to be in the payroll with no pay”.
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