In Summary
  • “It is in the public domain that our trading activities are facing financial constraints and we all need to understand that. The management has really tried to stabilize the activities but still we need to accept the winding up directive,” the manager revealed to the troubled workers.
  • By Saturday last week, about 18 employees had been sent parking with letters dated August 31, 2019.
  • Efforts to get a comment from the assistant branch manager Peter Mayuya bore no fruits as he remained silent on every question asked.

One of the oldest and most famous supermarkets in Nakuru town - Choppies - has laid off its employees as the management cites hard economic times.

Nakuru's Choppies Branch Manager Peter Wachira told the employees in a meeting on Thursday that he had received the information from the bosses in Nairobi and it was vital that he shares it with them.

“It is in the public domain that our trading activities are facing financial constraints and we all need to understand that. The management has really tried to stabilise the activities but still we need to accept the winding up directive,” the manager revealed to the workers.

Tension was evident and anxiety piled up among the employees even as Mr Wachira ordered some of them to check the items on the shelves and identify those that were nearing their expiry dates.

“I had already switched my mind away from the working place and all I could think of were my children. The unpaid bank loan I have couldn’t stop crossing my mind,” narrated one of the affected employees.

UNCERTAINTY

“My shift had ended at 1pm, so after the meeting I had no reason to stay, I left,” he added.

Another employee said she had reported to work on Friday morning only to find her name missing on the duty roster.

“It was always a routine that when you check in, you spot your name and know the department that you have been assigned to on that day. Things were, however, different on Friday,” she narrated.

The mother of two said upon enquiring why her name was missing from the list, she was asked to see the manager who handed a termination letter to her.

“It was not easy, it was one of the hardest experience in my life and I had no choice but to leave the premises,” she recalled.

By Saturday last week, about 18 employees had been sent parking with letters dated August 31, 2019.

The letters indicate that the termination is due to the reduced business which has been running for several months and the company is unable to sustain the current wage bill.

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