Mediamax Forced To Pay Employees Full Salaries For April, May As Court Rules On Mass Firing

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The Court has ruled that Mediamax should pay its employees full salaries for April and May with immediate effect.

The employees had moved to court to block the employer from slashing their salaries by between 20-50 percent, due to the effects of Covid-19 on the business.

On matters redundancy, the court did not block Mediamax from effecting the same, which is set to affect several employees across all brands.

“With no orders on costs and with further orders that the contract of service between parties is preserved with no pay cuts but affected staff may go on redundancy along with prevailing contracts. The contract is in place without pay cuts and the law says when they should be paid so the law is in place,” Justice Bryam Ongaya.

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Last month,  the Employment and Labour Relations court issued orders temporarily stopping Mediamax from forcing or coercing employees to take up to 50 per cent pay cuts.

Recently, the media house’s top-most editor Peter Opondo, in charge of editorial functions of print, broadcast, and digital divisions and Head of Commercial Caroline Mwangi resigned in protest to the salary cuts.

Betty Kyalo, the weekend prime time news anchor for K24 also resigned, saying that she was not appreciated at the station.

Less than a year after firing over 160 employees, Mediamax announced plans to fire more, with reports indicating that some of its media outlets could be closed.

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In a letter to the county labour office, Mediamax Acting CEO Ken Ngaruiya says the company has been suffering reduced fortunes due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Ngaruiya however did not announce the number of employees who will be shown the door, but it is suspected that employees who resisted salary cuts and moved to court could be fired.

“The services of some of its employees will be rendered superfluous thereby necessitating the termination of their employment on account of redundancy. In accordance with the provisions of Section .10 of the Employment Act. No. II of 2007, Mediamax Network Limited hereby gives one (1) month’s notice of the intended redundancies,” said Mr Ngaruiya.

Mediamax is the holding company of the People Daily Newspaper, Tv stations (Kameme and K24) Radio stations ( Emoo FM, Milele FM, Kameme FM, Msenangu (formerly Pilipili FM), Mayian FM and Meru FM).

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