South African retailer Game Stores is facing a surge in staff costs after signing the first pay agreement with workers that raises their basic pay by seven per cent.
The new two-year deal will see employees in the three job categories now earn Sh27,285, Sh29,425 and Sh35,845 per month up from Sh25,500, Sh27,500 and Sh33,500, respectively.
All unionisable employees joining the firm for categories one, two and three jobs will receive a minimum salary of Sh24,500, Sh28,500 and Sh34,500, respectively under the new deal.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was signed on Tuesday between the Kenya Union of Commercial, Food and Allied Workers (Kucfaw) and Game Discount World Kenya.
“The pay perks that we have managed to negotiate are consolidated meaning they include various allowances including housing. It is not what we had proposed since the negotiations started in May but this is a good beginning and we anticipate better times in the next CBA,” said Kucfaw secretary-general Bonface Kavuvi.
Female employees will be entitled to three months maternity leave on full pay exclusive of the 22-day normal annual holiday. Men will also be entitled to 14 days paternity leave days exclusive of annual leave.
The employer will also be required to meet 50 per cent of the cost of medical scheme of the employee and that of the spouse where applicable. Employees will also be entitled to three fully paid compassionate leave days and additional five unpaid special leave days on application.