Atwoli bashes Safaricom CEO, threatens to have him fired

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The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) has lashed out at Safaricom boss Peter Ndegwa’s plan to restructure its management mode.

In the proposed plan, the telecommunications giant seeks to break the hierarchical structure whilst doing away with some of its employees, a move that has left its over 6000 workers troubled.

The long-serving COTU boss in a letter he shared on his social media pages said that it is unacceptable for Safaricom to come up with new models of management that would end up affecting the lives and livelihoods of many.

He noted that as COTU, the organization is opposed to such models considering they go against ILO conventions on the protection of jobs.

“This new move by Safaricom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Ndegwa is not acceptable and remains an affront to workers’ rights,” read part of his statement.

Atwoli pointed out that it is insensitive and inhuman for Ndegwa to bring about drastic changes at Safaricom while infringing the rights of workers who have built the company to what it is at the moment.

Atwoli said that even though COTU does not have control over the management style employers adopt from time to time, the organization is highly concerned about the prospects of job security with the implementation of certain management styles.

He added that as reported in the local dailies, the move by Peter Ndegwa has caused anxiety among the employees by asking them to re-apply for their current jobs.

He added that the move goes against ILO Conventions particularly on the protection of jobs.

Atwoli who was re-elected as COTU boss for a fresh five-year term unopposed a few weeks ago said that it is shocking that even though the Ndegwa is the first Kenyan Safaricom’s CEO, he remains the most dangerous CEO the company has ever had when it comes to protecting worker’s rights.

He stated that COTU is aware that Safaricom has refused several attempts to unionize their workers and that Ndegwa while serving as CEO of Guinness Nigeria PLC faced off with Unions from West Africa as he forcefully reduced the workforce by nearly 45%.

Should he persist, Atwoli said that COTU would appeal to the company’s board of directors, including other shareholders, to relieve him of his duties over what they termed “poor managerial style”.

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