MMT abandons retrenchment exercise of 1,200 workers

The Metro Mass Transit (MMT) has backtracked on its decision to layoff over 1, 200 workers due to the company’s inability to compensate the affected staff.

According to the board chairman of the MMT, Mr. Ahmed Arthur in an interview with Daily Graphic newspaper stated that it is difficult to keep the huge number of workers and still remain in business as a viable company.

The MMT currently has over 3,600 workers operating 430 busses on the road.

Mr. Arthur explaining why the company has to backtrack on its entrenchment exercise indicated that it makes business sense to keep the over bloated workers than to fire them and pay huge compensation packages which may crippled the company.

“When we worked out the figures for laying off 1,200 workers, we realised that the figures were too huge and so we had to discard the idea of retrenchment,” he said, adding: “The cost is just too much and maintaining the workers will save us more money than laying them off.

The transports service has 750 busses but a total of 320 are currently not functioning living on 430 on the road.

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