Anxiety over Kenya Airways-airport deal as workers threaten strike


JKIA Terminal 1A
JKIA Terminal 1A

In Summary

  • The final option states that KAA would make all JKIA employees redundant at the onset.
  • The SPV would then have an option of recruiting the former KAA employees under fresh contracts of employment with the SPV.
  • KAA in the document also stated all the options will be put up for public participation which is set to start in Kisumu on the 30th of January.

The Kenya Aviation Workers Union have vowed to protest over what they term as envisioned job losses if the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Kenya Airways deal goes through.

The union secretary general Moss Ndiema remained adamant that they would only yield if the current Kenya Airport Authority MD Johny Anderson leaves office.

Last week, the union issued a seven day strike notice while accusing Mr. Anderson of mismanaging the planned takeover.

Under the deal dubbed Privately Initiated Investment Proposal (PIIP), Kenya Airways has proposed the formation of a subsidiary to manage the JKIA operations for 30 years.

KQ’s plan includes the creation a special purpose vehicle to operate, maintain and develop the facility in the period.

In the proposal, Kenya Airways has issued KAA with three options in regards to how they would treat JKIA staff.

The first option states that second all the current JKIA staff to the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) on the same terms for a period of 12 months.

After the secondment period, KQ will transfer employees to the SPV with the right to choose employees who receive the transfer proposal.

The second option states that those it wishes to retain after the secondment period, would have to be transferred to the SPV by way of an agreement between the SPV, KAA and their staff.

The transfer process would require willing employees to confirm possible reduction in benefits that they enjoy as civil servants in particular pension benefits.

The final option states that KAA would make all JKIA employees redundant at the onset.

The SPV would then have an option of recruiting the former KAA employees under fresh contracts of employment with the SPV.

KAA in the document also stated all the options will be put up for public participation which is set to start in Kisumu on the 30th of January.

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