The 184 moderators have agreed to mediation five months after they filed the suit, a turn of events that is likely to end one of the most prolific cases that Meta has faced on the continent.
This comes after Kenya’s employment and labor relations court asked the parties, during the last directions hearing, to consider settling the matter out of court.
The parties have picked Kenya’s former chief justice Dr. Willy Mutunga and deputy labor commissioner at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development Hellen Apiyo as co-mediators. The negotiations will take place within 21 days.
“Should the parties fail to reach an amicable agreement within the stated time frame, the matter shall proceed before the Employment and Labour relations court,” said the consent order.
The moderators sued Meta and Sama for allegedly dismissing them in an unlawful fashion, claiming that no redundancy notices were issued. They added that, among other issues, they were not issued with a 30-day termination notice as is required by Kenyan law, and that their terminal dues were hinged on signing non-disclosure agreements. They also alleged discrimination by Meta’s new content moderation partner, Majorel, who they claim blacklisted all of Sama’s previous employees. The moderators sought compensation for “distress caused,” and for Sama to reverse the redundancy notice. They also wanted Meta, Sama and Majorel to acknowledge their right to unionize. Sama has maintained it adhered to Kenya’s labor laws.
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