Telkom Kenya to Seek Supreme Court Ruling on Redundancy Payments
Published on: 23rd Jan 2014
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Telkom Kenya is appealing to the Supreme Court against a lower ruling that it would have to make a payment of Sh3.2 billion (USD37 million) to its former employees.
The issue stems from different levels of redundancy pay offered to staff carrying out similar functions, which was justified by the company as being based on the different contracts they had signed up to.
Around 11,000 employees were affected by the retrenchment in 2006.
Several lower courts upheld the employees claims to equal redundancy payments.
The company is now seeking an appeal to the Supreme Court, on grounds that the case is of "great public importance" as the company was majority owned by the government at the time of the redundancies.
The layers representing the former employees naturally disagree, noting that the company is now majority owned by France's Orange.