73 Employees To Lose Jobs As Sameer Shuts Down Tyre Business


Sameer Africa has announced plans to close down the tyre business, a move that will see 73 employees lose their jobs.

In a letter to the Nairobi County Labour office, Acting Managing Director Peter Gitonga said attempts to revive the company’s tyre business had failed, and it is no longer viable.

“The implication of this is that a number of positions/roles within the Company particularly roles that are currently undertaken by employees who are engaged at the affected locations, will become redundant. It is therefore contemplated that approximately seventy three (73) employees drawn from both management and unionisable cadres will have their employment contracts terminated on account of redundancy, ” the letter dated April 24 reads.

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“Based on the above reasons and pursuant to Section 40(1)(a) of the Employment Act,2007 of th Laws of Kenya, the Company hereby issues the necessary statutory notice to decare the affected employees redundant effective 31st May 2020.”

This comes four months after the firm retrenched 52 worker, citing hard economic time.

In 2016 when Sameer stopped local manufacturing of its key tyre brand Yana and opted to outsource to Asia.

The company recorded a net loss of Ksh182.8 million within the first six months of 2019.

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