Over 300 workers of the Sony Sugar company have been sent packing in what the management termed as a three-month compulsory leave following dwindling profits.
The workers are a part of 1500 who participated in a go-slow last week demanding salary arrears of three months from the company.
Sony acting Managing Director James Oluoch stated that the company had been experiencing unfavourable business environment characterised by massive loss of cane to private millers through theft.
“In the period February to date we have experienced declining performance and inadequate milling cane something that compelled us to send the said employees on leave as we look forward to reorganise ourselves,” the board’s chairperson, Mr Charles Owino Likowa, old a local daily.
Likowa confirmed that the workers may not be allowed back, saying the company was aiming o reduce its workforce to stabilise.
“We may be forced to reduce the number of employees as we have been spending a lot of money on salaries, something that has been affecting the company’s growth,” said Mr Likowa.
The purported leave starts on Monday, even as the affected workers have been ordered to hand over company property before leaving.
However, it might not be the workers contributing to the dwindling profits of the company, but top officials in the company.
Last month, this desk revealed how the company was losing millions to rogue lawyers who colluded with top managers in the company to seek compensation.