Kenya Airways (KQ) has been ordered to stop a plan to make some pilots redundant after the move was challenged by Pilots Union in a Nairobi Court.
Over the past few years Kenya Airways has been experiencing some financial turbulence and the matter has been made worse by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to local media reports, KQ is seeking to lay off half of its pilots in a bid to lessen the cash flow crisis as a result of the Covid19 pandemic. The Kenyan national carrier is planning to make almost 210 pilots redundant.
Kenya Airways has so far laid off 650 employees, mostly trainee pilots, trainee cabin crew, technician trainees and newly hired staff on probation, and plans to shed 590 more jobs.
As of December 2019, Kenya Airways pilots constituted 10% of the airline’s workforce and earned 45% of the total wage bill.
The Kenya Airline Pilots Association claimed the redundancy notices that the airline sent to the pilots was irregular, and asked the court to void them. KQ pilots want job cuts to put on hold until the nationalization process is complete.
“Job cuts may be unnecessary in the end depending on the new growth plan,” the pilots union said.
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