Labour ministry to form committee to address KQ pilots grievances

The Ministry of Labour is constituting a multi-sectorial committee to deal with the grievances raised by Kenya Airways pilots during their recent strike.

Labour Principal Secretary Peter Tum has told the National Assembly’s Departmental Committee on Labour that most of the pilots’ grievances are shared concerns among Kenya Airways employees, hence the need to come up with a lasting solution.

On Tuesday, the Employment and Labour Relations Court ordered Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) to resume duty Wednesday ending a four day industrial action which KQ said was illegal.

Kenya Airways which has since seen return to normalcy projects to clear the backlog caused by the four-day pilots’ strike in two days.

Despite the airline and the pilots striking a return to work formula, the government plans to set up a multi-agency task force to look into the pilots’ grievances that includes the welfare of all KQ staff.

Among the grievances raised by the pilots was concerns that Kenya Airways freezing payment of the monthly pension contribution.

The government acknowledges that the pilots concerns are legitimate and mediation to try to solve them in the past have hit a snag, therefore a need for a multi sectorial approach to address the grievances.

The National Assembly’s Departmental Committee on Labour plans to grill the KQ management and the Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) officials on the issues


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