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Striking Kenya Airways Pilots Return to Work
Striking Kenya Airways Pilots Return to Work

Kenya Airways Strike Continues As Pilots and Management Fail to Reach Agreement

The Nairobi Employment and Labour Relations Courtroom issued a summons to officers of the Kenyan Airline Pilots Affiliation (KALPA) to look in courtroom on Tuesday 8 November “for disobeying Courtroom orders”. Kenya Airways Strik

On Monday 31 October, Kenya Airways (KQ) received a courtroom injunction stopping the strike however the pilots’ union voted to press on.

Allan Kilavuka, CEO and managing director of KQ, warned that any pilot participating within the strike “is in contempt of courtroom orders”.

It’s too late for talks. They both come to work to work or we substitute them – Allan Kilavuka, CEO Kenya Airways— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) November 7, 2022

On Monday 7 November, KQ introduced it’s recruiting new pilots and has began disciplinary motion towards its putting pilots. The airline warned that they might be dismissed if they don’t return to work instantly.

Twelve KQ flights shall be flying out of Nairobi on Tuesday 8 November to Addis, Entebbe, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka, Harare Johannesburg and Dubai.

Indignant passengers

Round 400 pilots, members of KALPA, began a 14-day strike on Saturday 5 November. Over the week finish, 56 flights had been cancelled, disrupting the plans of 12,000 passengers. Solely 500 of them managed to get lodge lodging from Kenya Airways.

Joel from Burundi instructed RFI’s Albane Thirouard that he solely discovered that his flight was cancelled upon arriving on the airport for a 4AM flight to Bujumbura.

“There ought to be a minimal of communication. In any case we’re giving them our cash! I even acquired an e mail for the web examine in. Kenya Airways did guide a flight for me on Air Rwanda for the subsequent day however I used to be not knowledgeable beforehand.

“There’s not sufficient folks to elucidate what’s going to the 1000’s of passengers on the airport. Everyone is pissed off.”

Pilots’ calls for

“The aim of this motion is to not check [Kenya’s] new authorities,” the commerce union mentioned.

The KALPA pilots characterize 10 per cent of KQ’s airforce. They’re demanding that the month-to-month pension contribution be reinstated as KQ froze funds because the Covid-19 pandemic. They need KQ to implement pay agreements, in accordance with clauses of the Kenya Civil Aviation Laws.

They complain of alleged victimisation of KALPA members. And they’re additionally asking for the dismissal of KQ’s high management whom, they are saying, are chargeable for “mismanagement” of the airline firm.

Kenya Airways is hiring emergency pilots! Share extensively, our subsequent pilot is likely to be in your TL. #IkoKaziKE KALPA— PostaMate (@postamate) November 6, 2022

Kenya Airways Board has rejected the calls to step down.

“No quantity of threats or coercions will compel us to ask for any resignation from anybody,” mentioned Michael Joseph, KQ board chairman.

He added that the airline is paying again the deferred salaries and will begin contributions to the provident fund (contractual pension) in 2023.

“Sadly, we can’t do each similtaneously we’re nonetheless paying again our excellent arrears from the Covid interval and maintaining lease funds on our plane,” mentioned Joseph.

The pilots’ union has managed, over the past two years, to freeze KQ’s plans to scale back the variety of pilots from round 400 to 207.

Monetary damages

In response to CEO Allan Kilavuka, the “illegal” strike prices round 300 million KES (over €24,000) per day. In per week, he estimates that the losses will quantity to round 2.1 billion KES (over €16 million euros).

“The airline can’t be capable of face up to these losses,” he mentioned.

The Transport ministry mentioned that the motion taken by the pilots “is akin to financial sabotage”.

Kilavuka mentioned that the disruptions attributable to the strike is huge.

“We uplift 250,000 passengers per 30 days and export over 5,800 tonnes of cargo per 30 days, together with contemporary meat merchandise, flowers, electronics, prescribed drugs, medication, and tropical fish.

“You may think about the affect it’ll have on socioeconomic growth,” he added.

Kilavuka fears that, if the strike continues for a chronic interval, KQ will be unable to satisfy its monetary obligations, together with paying salaries.

Chest-thumping administration

Kalpa mentioned, on 7 November, that they’ve despatched proposals to each KQ and the involved ministries on each single day since Friday 4 November and once more on Monday afternoon with even additional concessions”.

Kalpa claims that KQ has made no concessions from the proposals they offered over two weeks in the past. The union added that administration is just not keen to satisfy till its members have resumed their duties.

“This isn’t a present of good-faith. The Administration’s ego and chest-thumping is to the detriment of Kenyans at massive,” Kalpa wrote.

The pilots’ union insists that what they’re asking is “throughout the confines of a mutually agreed Collective Bargaining Settlement”.

“We have now not requested for improved phrases of service; we solely ask that KQ administration honours agreements already in place”.

Kenya Airways, partly owned by the federal government is certainly one of Africa’s largest airways, connecting a number of nations inside Africa to Europe and Asia.



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