Nairobi, The Kenya Airline Pilots Association-KALPA have called off their strike notice following an earlier ruling by the Employment and Labour Relations Court on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
KALPA in a statement Tuesday night withdrew their strike notice and urged their members to immediately resume work on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at 6 am East African Time.
“Our members are also urged to report to the executive council for any incident of victimisation or disciplinary action that may be taken contrary to the court’s orders,” KALPA stated.
Giving a unified direction, Kenya Airline Pilots Association said that they regretted the disruption and inconvenience to Kenya Airways guests and urged their members to restore normalcy of operations.
Figuring out, KALPA called a strike at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport-JKIA in Nairobi on Saturday, defying a court order issued last week against the industrial action.
Kenya’s labour relations Court judge Anna Mwaure on Tuesday ordered: “The KQ pilots to resume their duties by 6 am East African Time on November 9, 2022, unconditionally”.
“We are happy and also thank the court for the ruling that now allows Kenya Airways to resume its normal operations at large. We commit to complying with the court’s order,” KQ statement by Allan Kilavuka, the Group Managing Director and CEO.
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“The past four (4) days have been totally tough for Kenya’s aviation industry due to the Pilots’ strike by the Kenya Airline Pilot Association. We convey our sincere apologies to all travelers and cargo customers affected by the strike,” he said in a statement to Media Houses.
On the other hand, Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen said that the strike has disrupted travel plans for over twelve thousand (12,000) customers across the Kenya Airways network, forced the cancellation of over three hundred (300) flights, and affected three thousand five hundred (3,500) other employees who were not part of it.