Relief for travellers as KQ flights resume after pilots’ strike
Kenya Airways (KQ) has slowly resumed flights after a daylong pilots strike. According to the national carrier, Mombasa, Entebbe and Lusaka flights became operational as of Sunday 6th November.
On Saturday, about 65 flights and 10000 passengers were affected on day one of strike as the pilots made good threats to down their tools in a row over deferred salaries and pension contributions.
Call for Passengers travelling to Entebbe, Lusaka and Mombasa today the 6th of November 2022. pic.twitter.com/aXHx1iE1Hy
— Kenya Airways (@KenyaAirways) November 6, 2022
While reacting to the industrial action, Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen said the government was working round the clock to find a solution to the matter.
“We are willing to listen to the issues through the law. They should first stop the strike and come to the table and negotiate because that’s the law,” Murkomen said.
However, the Kenya Airline Pilots Association (Kalpa), General Secretary Murithi Nyaga, expressed disappointment after fruitless efforts to solve issues.
“We hoped that the management of the airline would soften its hard stance and engage in… negotiation on the issues raised. KQ management has not made any meaningful attempt to engage and have matters resolved,” he said.
The KQ CEO Allan Kilavuka lamented the losses the carrier had incurred as a result of the strike.
“We cannot understate the severe economic impact of this action on different sectors and the entire ecosystem reliant on KQ…It will cost KQ approximately Sh300 million a day and Sh2.1 billion a week,” Kilavuka said.
Initially, Kalpa had issued a 14-day strike notice on October 19, citing reasons that included ousting the board and executives for undisclosed governance and leadership issues, airline’s failure to implement pay agreements (CBA), alleged victimization of Kalpa members and non-payment of monthly pension contributions for staff.