NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 14 – Telkom Kenya has announced plans to advertise job openings and interview its employees for recruitment in the soon-to-be-unveiled Airtel-Telkom combined entity.
In a statement to newsrooms on Wednesday, the telco said it had notified its staff of an impending realignment brought about by the merger.
“Telkom Kenya issued a one-month notice of redundancy, with effect from July 31, 2019, to its employees, informing them of the intention to terminate the employment of approximately 575 of its staff complement, on account of redundancy, as a result of the Transaction,” the company said.
The operator further said the firm will adhere to the law while executing the directive rendering redundant some 575 employees.
“This is in line with the law and is a process that has to be undertaken before employees are able to move to any other entity and are still subject to regulatory approvals,” Telkom Kenya stated.
On February 8, 2019, Telkom Kenya Limited and Airtel Networks Kenya Limited, announced the signing of a binding agreement to combine their respective Mobile, Enterprise and Carrier Services businesses in Kenya into Airtel to be renamed Airtel-Telkom.
The two telco companies have in the recent past registered market losses, brought about by tough competition from Safaricom forcing the firms to enter amalgamation talks.
So far, the Communication Authority of Kenya has approved the union however a number of Airtel employees are still in court opposing the merger seeking a Sh1 billion compensation from the Indian-owned firm.