Air transport to be disrupted in Aviation workers strike

Air transport to be disrupted in Aviation workers strike

The country’s air transport is likely to be disrupted beginning Wednesday next week.

The Kenya Aviation Workers Union (KAWU) has warned that it will down its tools should Kenya Airways fail to sign the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) which they say is long overdue.

According to a strike notice issued earlier, the union workers are decrying the authorities refusal to implement the already negotiated and concluded CBA that stipulates among other issues a 10 percent salary increment.

All members affiliated to the union will from the expiry of the strike notice withdraw their labour in a move that is going to affect smooth operations of air transport.

This development is likely to complicate matters at a time when the airline is undergoing financial crisis occasioned by a deep its trading results.

The national carrier Kenya Airways, which registered an all-time low losses of Ksh 25.7 billion after tax, is under pressure to explain the cause the losses.

However, the KQ management admitted that the implementation of the fleet expansion plan was not executed as planned and therefore contributed to the losses.

They further admitted that tickets pricing and routes cancellation – such as the New Delhi – also affected the company’s revenues.

The select committee will conduct its probe into challenges facing Kenya Airways in three months and make recommendations to salvage the firm from making further losses.

Meanwhile,Members of the Jublee  coalition have called  for arrest of Kenya Airways  officials linked to the  29 billion shillings loss recorded by the airline.

The leaders want law enforcement bodies to move in and probe those behind the crisis.

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Maureen Murimi
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