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LibertyBusiness Report writes that discontent is brewing at listed financial services company Liberty Holdings, with employees raising fears that their jobs could be on the line if the group implements its “revised organisational design” announced in July.  

Apparently, executives had been dropping hints of impending retrenchments to their teams in frustration.  An (unnamed) source said:  “As things stand, some employees have stopped working until they know their fate.  Others are consulting external labour law experts to get advice on pending restructuring and possible job losses in the absence of clear and transparent communication from leadership.”  Liberty announced an organisational redesign last month, indicating that the strategy would be implemented in the second half of the year.  The group has about 6,000 full-time employees in a non-unionised environment.  Liberty said on Monday that it was committed to treating its employees with dignity and would ensure a transparent and fair process.  Meanwhile, another source claimed that Liberty had allowed leaders in its departments to get away scot-free from sexual harassment allegations and complainants were victimised.  Liberty poured cold water over the allegations, but was unable to indicate how many sexual harassment complaints it had received, investigated and finalised.

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