Kenya Airline Pilots Association indicated Tuesday that it is ready to hold dialogue with Kenya Airways management over the current standoff that has seen the suspension of the airline’s air travel services.
In a response letter to the Commission on Administrative Justice calling on KQ and the pilots urging them to find alternative avenues to resolve the ongoing industrial strike that has affected the operations of the national carrier, KALPA stated it would have no problem sitting down with the employer.
“On our end, we are ready, prepared, and willing to participate in such a process if only to resolve the pending issues between ourselves and the Kenya Airways Plc management as soon as practicable if only to return the operations of the company to normalcy,” Association General Secretary Captain Murithi Nyagah said
The commission, otherwise known as Ombudsman through its chairperson Florence Kajuju, decried the protracted impasse saying it has been costly and therefore ought to be resolved in a timely manner to “mitigate and prevent against further public losses,”
“In line with its mandate under sector 8 (f) of the Commission of Administrative Justice Act 2011, the commission offers to intervene and promote mediation as one of the options for the resolution of the current stalemate,” she said
The Kajuju-led commission had also offered to mediate the talks between the two sides.
The pilots indicated to Kajuju Tuesday that they are willing to negotiate with the employer with a view to ending the dispute.
“We as the KALPA officials and indeed the whole membership welcome the gesture that you have extended in regard to assisting resolve the prevailing stalemate between ourselves and the Kenya Airways Management by offering to commence a mediation process,” said captain Murithi
KALPA went on to ask the Ombudsman to indicate when the said talks can commence promising “we shall avail ourselves for the same,”