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Massive Job Losses At Tuskys Supermarket

In its part of restructuring plan Tuskys supermarket has fired part of its staff. Letters have already been sent to the affected staff members and they are preparing to exit.

The affected Tuskys Supermarket staff members will receive one month’s salary and further take home pay for any untaken leave days and severance with the termination dues being collected on April 4.

Constraints caused by high operational costs have been linked to the action taken by the top management of the large chain of supermarkets.

In a letter addressed to individual staff members and copied to the Nairobi Labour Office and the Secretary General to the Kenya Union of Commercial, Food and Allied Workers (KUCFAW), the retailer says it is constrained forcing it to lay off some of its staff.

“Regretfully, you are among the employees whom Tusker Mattresses Limited can no-longer continue to offer employment and will terminate your employment contract with effect from March 19, 2020 on account of redundancy,” reads one of the letter’s.

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The supermarket, which had humble beginnings from Nakuru, has 65 branches across Kenya and Uganda and has a staff base of over 6000 employees while further enlisting nearly 800 independent suppliers.

The Management is said to be planning for a crisis meeting on Friday to clear the air and issue official statement to the public and stakeholders at large.

This comes at a time when the ailing chain of supermarket that saw a massive loss of jobs to its workers and closed most of its shops is still struggling to pay workers, suppliers and tenants of the premises that they operated in.

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Many businesses are feeling the heat of high operational costs and government taxes. They site these as the main hindrance. This has resulted in many laying off part of their staff members and others closing shops permanently.


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