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The foreigner behind Absa Bank Kenya retrenchments


David Hardisty, Retail and Business Banking Director, Absa Bank of Kenya

Struggling bank Absa Kenya (formerly Barclays) is on a retrenchment spree.

According to sources, the bank plans to fire about 250 staff members in a cost-cutting drive.

A foreigner by the name David Hardisty is the one leading the retrenchment and redundancy drive.

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“Some staff members were asked to take voluntary early retirement in November 2020. Others were issued with redundancy letters in January 2021”, said a source. has learnt that the above two groups constitute senior and middle-level management and they are about 150. As for the remaining junior staff, the bank wants to sack them for non-performance.

In 2020, the bank’s net profit in the first nine months of 2020 fell by 65% to Sh1.9 billion, from Sh5.6 billion reported in the same period in 2019. – Stuggling Bank

Pegging a mass sacking of staff on non-performance is easier done on junior staff since most don’t have the financial muscle to challenge the bank in court. The bank also wants to escape the responsibility of paying them ‘a parting fee. According to labour laws, redundant staff must be paid full pay calculated for each year worked.

Barclays Director of Retail and Business Banking David Hardisty and Centum Real Estate Managing Director Samuel Kariuki exchange documents during the signing of a mortgage financing deal.

So six months later, Hardisty and slave-driving Human Resources devices a plan in the middle of a pandemic to issue the cashiers, personal bankers and sales staff with warning letters due to low performance.

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As February 2021 comes to a close, over 200 Absa Bank Kenya staff will find themselves on the cold streets of Nairobi, jobless.


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