Thousands of guests were left stranded, on Saturday, as a result of the strike action which caused dozens of breakouts to be cancelled and Kenya Airways(KQNA.NR) to issue a warning to its striking aviators that they risked being fired if they didn’t go to work right down.
Business and rest trippers at one of Africa’s most significant aeronautics capitals were impacted by the aviators’ strike that began at 6 a.m. original time, on Saturday. The carrier stated that the strike was unlawful and prompted aviators to report back to work right down in an internal memo to aviators attained by Reuters.
” Our callers have endured severe vexation as a result of the strike, which has led to fiscal losses. This geste is interpreted as taking part in and conducting an unlawful artificial action,” The note stated.
Aviators who fail to report for duty will have disregarded operation’s legal orders, which calls for correctional action that could lead to redundancy.
The operation of the airline, according to the Kenya Airline aviators Association( KALPA), had before, on Saturday, rejected their suggestions on how to address their complaints.
Statements by Kenya Airways
According to a statement from the union, no KQ (Kenya Airways) planes have taken off from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, since the morning, from six. The reason was the strike has officially begun.
In a statement, Kenya Airways apologised to the passengers and pledged to do all in its power to minimise the disruption. It will also mean rebooking them on alternative flights.
Prior to the walkout, the company had issued a warning that it might put its ability to recover from the epidemic at risk and suffer daily losses of at least 300 million shillings ($2.5 million). (1$= Rs 81.96)On the privately owned television channel NTV, Transport Minister Kipchumba Murkomen stated, “The pilots are tossing out the baby with the bath water.”
About 10,000 passengers have been impacted so far, and the impact on other economic sectors such as tourism, will be significant if the current trend continues.
Early on Saturday, travellers at the airport told Reuters that the previous night was chaotic as people tried to travel before the strike began.
The pilots’ union claims that the reason for their strike is a disagreement about pension payments and the resolution of deferred pay for its members.