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Francis Atwoli: COTU boss slams Safaricom CEO over plans to restructure its management

The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) has put Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa on the spot over his plans to restructure the company’s management mode.

Safaricom’s new plan seeks to break the hierarchical structure and get rid of some of its employees, the move will leave over 6000 employees frustrated.

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Atwoli has since found fault with the telecommunications giant showing concerns about the odds of job security of their workers.

Atwoli also found it unfair for Safaricom to command it’s employees to reapply for their positions.

This new move by Safaricom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Ndegwa is not acceptable and remains an affront to workers’ rights. 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 today,” read the union’s statement in part.

The trade union has asked Safaricom to cancel the plan claiming that the it will only anguish, despair, and depress its employees.

COTU further indicated that if he persists, they would take a step forward and reach out to the company’s board of directors, including other shareholders to converse about his poor managerial style.

Ndegwa had reported that in the new structure there would be formation of teams called squads.

The squads would then oversee tribes which will report to the executive committee.

This tribes will have about 60 – 100 employees while the squads will have 8 – 10 employees.

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According to Ndegwa while trashing the idea of loss of jobs said that the structure would increase more job spaces and create employment opportunities to people with more technology background and digital skills.

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