Two top Mediamax bosses have resigned of the 50 Per cent pay cut initiated by the company due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the individuals who resigned is the media house’s top-most editor Peter Opondo, who has been in charge of editorial functions of print, broadcast, and digital divisions. The other include Head of Commercial Caroline Mwangi has resigned and is serving notice.
Recently, the company has been facing employee issues after it announced its plans to slice employees’ salaries by 20 to 50 per cent citing adverse effects of Covid-19 on its business. However, the move was disputed by Print editor-in-chief Eric Obino, TV presenters Betty Kyalo and Anne Kiguta, radio presenter Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o, who led a court battle against the media house.
It was then 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.
The company, had announced its plans as a negotiated move despite the employees stating that they were not involved.
“We have consulted extensively and held several meetings with the leadership team and the board of directors to find ways and methods to sustain and keep the Company afloat during this pandemic. We have come up with several measures to ensure that we try to sustain and ensure that the business at this stage survives and sustains itself. Amongst the proposed measures that will directly apply to employees will be a reduction of between 20% and 50% on Gross Monthly Pay based on job levels effective April 2020,” Stated the statement from the company.
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).