The British American Tobacco (BAT) has announced that they will let go 19 employees on account of redundancies in their Likoni road branch.
The letter (dated 1st November, 2019) that was anonymously sent to the chief editor of this site shows that BAT is blaming stringent regulations for the layoffs.
‘Over the recent years. we have been on a journey to shape a future-fit business aligned to our global
operating model and our sustainability agenda. At the same time, the industry has been subject to
significant stringent regulations, illicit trade and higher than expected tax increases which have adversely
impacted our domestic and export markets sales volumes. This has resulted in a significant reduction in
the Nairobi factory production volumes’, the letter stated
The truth could be different.
BAT has not adhered to many of the stringent rules; cigarettes are still sold to clients in single sticks against the laws of Kenya.
The company has pocketed Members of he National Assembly (MPs) by giving them bribes to look the other way as it continues to flout rules.
In short, BAT is just blaming the stringent regulations n order to continue keeping a fat bottom-line, because for BAT, profits matter more than human welfare.
BAT evades tax by using its multinational corporate structure to pay the minimum amount of corporate tax in countries that most need the revenue and bribing policy makers such as Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) thus robbing the country of vital resources to pay for public services.
BAT is known for taking innocent job seekers for a ride
BAT Kenya has the most corrupt HR (they will make Kenyan politicians look like angels). They always have their people already who will NOT go for the interview but they will still get the job.
The impunity and mistreatment of employees at BAT stinks to high heaven.
The managers, especially the Human Resources ones feel like untouchables.
Sad that the 19 staff members are going to lise their jobs by 1st December, 2019.
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