The Kenya Union of Journalists has moved to stop the plan by Nation Media Group to sack hundreds of its employees following its decision to shut QTV and three radio stations in Kenya and Rwanda.
In a letter to NMG CEO Joe Muganda from its lawyer, Oduor Henry John, KUJ accuses NMG of failing to follow the provisions of Section 40 of the Employment Act in issuing the redundancy notices, which took effect immediately.
KUJ is now demanding a meeting with the NMG management regarding the issue failure to which it would move to the Employment and Labour Relations Court. In the meantime, it is demanding that the notices be withdrawn.
The section provides that before a redundancy is declared, an employer must inform the union and the labour officer as well as the affected employee in writing and, among others, spell out the terms of the final settlement.
NMG, through Muganda, this morning informed staff of the decision to merge QTV with NTV and to move its radio platforms online, spelling an end to QFM, Nation FM in Kenya and Rwanda’s KFM.
SEE LETTER HERE – KUJ letter to Nation