More than 700 workers at the Kericho-based James Finlay tea will lose their jobs by the end of the year.
The tea company delivered the devastating news to the employees on Friday.
The move will deal a blow to Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU) since most of the affected employees belong to the union.
In a notice by the company’s Human Resource Manager Daniel Kirui and copied to Kericho and Bomet KPAWU branch secretaries and labour officers, the firm indicated that the redundancy will be effective from December 31, 2020.
The affected employees are drawn from all the divisions within United Kingdom (UK) based company.
The HR director added that the redundancy process will be conducted in full compliance with the applicable Collective Bargain Agreement (CBA) and labour laws, terms and conditions of employment and employees will receive their full terminal dues.
He added that the company will do everything to help the employees to make the transition as smooth as possible.
KPAWU Kericho branch executive Dickson Sang said they will issue a comprehensive statement in due time.
James Finlay’s move to fire employees is a second in a row after it fire 1,700 workers last year after the closure of Chemirei and Tarakwet flower farms