Telkom Kenya has announced plans lay off over 500 employees who were declared redundant in order to accommodate the new structure it entered with Airtel Networks Kenya Limited.

Around February this year, Telkom and Airtel announced the partnership that is geared to combine its respective mobile, enterprise and carrier service businesses in Kenya to operate under a joint venture company dubbed as  Airtel-Telkom.

“We hereby give you one month notice, with effect from the date of this letter of our intention to terminate the employment of approximately 575 of our employees on account of redundancy as a result of the intended combination of Telkom Kenya’s mobile, enterprise and carrier services businesses with Airtel Networks Kenya,” explained Catherine Olaka, Telkom Kenya chief human resources officer in a statement.

“Employees who will be declared redundant will receive terminal dues in line with their employment contracts, the Collective Bargaining Agreement and Employment Regulations” added Ms Olaka.