CS Macharia says KAA to replace striking aviation workers

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Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia says the Kenya Airports Authority has sought replacement of striking workers from the main sectors of the airport to restore normalcy.

Macharia who was addressing disgruntled passengers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – JKIA says workers who will not have resumed duty by close of business Wednesday would be fired.

The Jomo Kenyatta International airport remains at standstill as Kenya Airport workers downed their tools to protest what they termed as planned acquisition of the airport operations by national carrier Kenya airways.

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Hundreds of passengers remained stranded with 25 KQ flights having been cancelled.

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However, Macharia says flights will resume any time from now after contingency measures were put in place.

He says the workers have defied a court order that has since declared the strike illegal and those who failed to report to work by end of day will be fired.

Macharia says it was unfortunate KAWU members went on strike on flimsy grievances when the planned takeover was just a mere paper proposal.

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Meanwhile, Labor Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani is calling on striking aviation workers to resume duty as ordered by the court.

Yattani says his ministry has set up a conciliation committee chaired by Sharif Adbulkadir Sharif to help resolve issues raised by aviation workers who went on strike today paralyzing air transport operations countrywide.

The committee is expected to table a report within 30 days.

Operations at airports and airstrips came to a standstill in the wee hours of Wednesday morning after employees affiliated to the Kenya Aviation Workers Union made good their threat to down their tools.

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In a strike notice to the Ministry of Labor, the Union highlighted various grievances among them, mismanagement, racism, outsourcing and cheap labor.

Following the impasse that resulted in cancellation of flights and running battles at air transport facilities, the Ministry of Labor has set up a conciliation Committee.

The Sharif-led committee is expected to resolve grievances raised by parties and file a report within the next 30 days.

 

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