KQ pilots proceed with strike breaching court order

KQ pilots proceed with strike breaching court order

National Carrier Kenya Airways flight operations have been thrown into disarray after pilots made good their threats to strike.

The Kenya airline Pilots association (KALPA) is demanding the immediate resignation of Chief Executive Mbuvi Nguze, failure to which they will not be flying any aircrafts.

Already the airline has confirmed disruption of its early morning flights with at least six flights cancelled.

“We are monitoring and will advise of any changes in the next hour. We would like to assure our customers and travel trade partners that as the national carrier we are committed to serving you with pride,” Kenya Airways said on its official twitter handle.

The pilots chose to carry on with the strike despite KQ management obtaining a court order blocking it.

Efforts by the transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, Attorney General Githu Muigai and KQ Board Chairman Denis Awori to appease the pilots failed to yield much during an early morning meeting.

On Tuesday, the parties had signed an agreement deferring the strike notice until June 1, but the pilots are said to have objected the deal.

By midday, when the strike was supposed to start, hundreds of KQ PILOTS were holed up at a meeting at the KALPA Head office in protest. KALPA draws its membership from close to 500 pilots.

The union had on Tuesday issued a 48 hour strike notice calling for the resignation of Mr Ngunze who they accused of mismanaging the airline. Among their grievances include the sale of the Heathrow parking slot, as well as leasing and sale of aircrafts.

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