Mater Hospital has become the latest casualty of the COVID-19 outbreak in Kenya with this being revealed in the hospital’s decision to review the salary of its employees.
Mater Hospital through a letter written on the 27th of May 2020 and directed to all of its staff members, attributes the decision to review salaries for all its staff to harsh economic times following the COVID-19 outbreak in Kenya.
Mater says the pay cut would be effected in the month of June, July, August, and September adding that this is meant to caution the employees from job losses during an already difficult time economically.
“…all staff will, unfortunately, take a pay cut in the month of June, July August and September in a graduated scale according to their pay,” Mater Hospital says adding that the details on how it would be implemented through letters.
Mater Hospital has further noted that it will be sending a considerable number of its staff on unpaid leave as it prepares to operate on an optimal level.
“…since patient levels have reduced drastically…we will send some of our staff on unpaid leave but cushion them with 50 percent of the newly graduated salary,” Mater Hospital has said noting that the group of employees will alternate accordingly.
This means that the Mater Hospital employees will working for one month and getting paid half of their current salary and then be going for unpaid leave the following month alternatively for the next four months, hopefully, COVID will be over by then.
“We will continue on the terms for the next four months and review depending on the situation,” the notice to Mater Hospital employees read.
Mater Hospital goes further to seek that the employees support and understand the situation it is faced with and that it appreciates all the support the employees have been showing.
The sad news by Mater Hospital comes only a few hours after the Fairmount Norfolk Hotel has announced the closure of two of it’s main hotels citing a harsh economy following the COVID-19 outbreak.