Government, Kenya Airways And KALPA Hold Talks To Avert Strike


In a bid to resolve the stalemate between Kenya Airways and a major pilot association, government officials are having meetings with both parties to avert a proposed strike.

Pilots allied to the Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) had vowed to carry out a strike scheduled for Tuesday.

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The association voiced concerns and dissatisfaction with the current management of the airline, which has failed to bring back its glory days.

The meeting aims to find solutions between the two parties while moving forward to bring back the carrier to profitability. Transport Secretary James Macharia is to chair the meeting.

The government – which owns 29.8 percent of the airline – have indicated that the Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Ngunze and Chairman Denis Awori will leave.

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The pilots, however, want the commitment put in writing to make sure the CEO and Chairman both leave.

The National Assembly Majority leader Adan Duale on Friday called for sweeping changes in both the board and senior management of the airline. He said members of parliament would not consider a bailout plan for the national carrier unless such changes occur.

Kenya Airways are meanwhile getting a taste of the adverse effects of a possible strike after members of staff downed their tools on Sunday.

Hundreds of Passengers were left stranded after the strike led to the cancellation of five flights to various African destinations.

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According to the airline, several outsourced crew failed to show up for work on Sunday morning. About 300 of its contracted workers through Career Direction Limited are complaining of unfair employment terms.

The contracted workers serve in various departments across Kenya Airways from sales, finance to flight operations. They promised to remain on strike until the management accord them audience or do away with the contractor Career Directions Limited.