Retail giant Tuskys supermarket will deduct staff salaries starting this month.
Staff who spoke anonymously to kenyanbusinessfeed.com said the decision has been occasioned by the increase in business costs over coronavirus pandemic which requires that supermarkets place handwashing accessorises at entry points.
“I am a concerned staff Tuskys supermarket, I request you tell fellow Kenyans what we go through. Tuskys ceo sent a mail to all branches that 20% of our salary will be deducted due to expenses occurred in purchasing hygienic products like sanitizers masks gloves, this is not good as they pay us very little”, a staff memeber of Tuskys Supermarket wrote.
In January this year, the management of the supermarket informed staff that their salaries will be deducted for any loss of goods at the supermarket.
This was seen as a measure to stem the loss of goods, though small, partly contributed to the fall of once retain chain giant Nakumatt.
“Reference is made to the Tuskys Daily Stock Reconciliation Policy. In reference to the policy, all losses declared everyday should be attached to an individual responsible for the particular stock. As earlier communicated, the company shall also be deducting any loss from the staff involve, Kindly print all daily losses and have staff sign against the losses per section (similar to the procedure for daily cashier variances). Also, have the same variance posted on the notice boards everyday with names”, the internal memo said.
National Carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has so announced cuts in salaries of its staff occasioned by the low passenger numbers brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The move though temporary has seen senior management take huge pay cuts. The CEO Allan Kilavuka corrected an earlier position by announcing more salary cuts.
“My communication on March 17th regarding the 25 per cent pay cut for the Leadership Team and 35 per cent for myself has been superseded as the situation has evolved significantly.
“They will now be subjected to a 75 per cent pay cut and I will get an 80 per cent pay cut,” said Kilavuka.
“We have been evaluating how these events will affect you and have made every effort to conserve jobs across the business”
“We are therefore not taking any decision on layoffs. Instead, we would like everybody to participate in taking a salary reduction and paid and unpaid leave.”
Worldwide, firms are considering salary cuts or layoffs while staff are staying at home on order to stay afloat.
Standard media group fired 170 staff members in a move aimed at cutting spending.
English Premier league clubs are considering asking players to accept 25 per cent pay cut.
American Airlines asked staff to take unpaid leave for up to a year or take early retirement.
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