The Kenya Ports Authority has denied claims that it was planning to sack workers to lower its wage bill.
KPA however admitted that it has submitted a Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) scheme proposal to the Government saying that any resultant exits shall solely be on a voluntary basis and open to only those who express a willingness to retire before the mandatory retirement age.
In a press statement sent to newsrooms through its corporate affairs, the KPA stated that the implementation of the VER scheme was subject to approval by the Government.
The statement added that employees willing to retire will have to apply for consideration on an individual basis since not every skill will be subjected to this arrangement.
“KPA wishes to assure members of staff and the public that there are no plans to force employeesinto early retirement as insinuated by a section of the media. Furthermore, should the proposed VER scheme be approved by the Government, we underwrite that it shall be executed professionally and in a manner that respects the sanctity of personal choice and secures the interest of employees.”
A report published in one of the daily newspapers alleged that the Kenya Ports Authority was planning to sack over 4000 workers through early retirement.