The cut down in jobs the company said was due to a collapse in business which has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It said the redundancies have become necessary to help keep the business viable.

An internal memo dated August 31, 2020, and signed by the Business Unit Managing Director WAC of the Company, Felix Gomis, informed that the company’s intention which will be carried out per the provisions of Section 65 of the Labour Act 2003 (ACT 651).

The memo which was addressed to all staff, the Chief Labour Officer of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations stated that “In accordance with Section 65 (2), all affected employees shall receive a “Redundancy Pay” and in lieu of notice, payment shall be made for the notice period, where necessary. The leadership of the respective Trade Unions, ICU, and UNICOF, have in accordance with law been notified, and management will be with them to discuss the terms and conditions of the severance.”

“After the Unions and the Management have agreed on the terms and conditions of the severance, the details shall be communicated to the affected staff through their Line Managers.

“In the meantime, Management expects all staff to continue to carry out their obligations in accordance with the existing Collective Agreements and the Labour Act 2003 until the effective date of termination. Your usual cooperation in this process is anticipated to ensure an uneventful transition,” the memo said.

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