Court bars Kenya Airways pilots from going on strike

Published on : Friday, April 29, 2016

kenya airwaysAn order has been issued by the Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nairobi forbidding Kenya Airways pilots from going on strike from Thursday.

Justice Nduma Nderi issued the orders Wednesday to bar members of the Kenya Airline Pilots Association from engaging in any industrial action on the grounds of mismanagement of Kenya Airways.

The judge said the case would be heard on May 9.

The pilots had wanted to use the strike to force out the national airline’s Chief Executive, Mbuvi Ngunze.

The carrier is 26.7 per cent owned by Air France-KLM.

The KALPA wanted to compel the airline to review its 20-year-old deal with KLM in which the latter has a bigger say in the national carrier.

The carrier has also been selling assets, including planes, and plans to lay off 600 people as it battles against deep losses which the KALPA terms ‘questionable’.

“This will be the first step towards recovery of Kenya Airways,” the association said in a statement Wednesday.

Kenya Airways is one of the largest carriers in Africa, ferrying 10,000 passengers a day on a fleet of Boeing and Embraer planes.


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