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Relief As Court Blocks KQ Workers Strike Ahead Of US Maiden Direct Flight

Kenya Airways (KQ) has secured an injunction barring the Kenya Aviation Workers Union (KAWU) from advising its members to boycott the maiden direct flight to the United States on October 28.

KQ had moved to court in a bid to ensure that a planned strike by KAWU does not inconvenience the maiden flight.

KAWU had issued a strike threat that would have crippled the maiden flight to New York, decrying implementation of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that would have increased incentives for the crew working in the US bound planes.

Read: KQ’s Maiden Direct Flight To US At Stake As Workers Issue Strike Notice

The union is advocating for more crew for the flights to allow enough resting time. They are also advocating for Ksh20,000 overtime allowance for every hour worked outside the normal working hours.

The flight adds another 3 hours to the normal working hours of the crew.

“It’s our demand that management commits to concluding the CBA negotiations before October 28, 2018. To that end we are calling on all our members across all sections, that is passenger services, cargo operations, passenger ramp, in-flight functions, technical, flight ops and support services, to stay away from the USA operations until further advised by the union. This call applies to our comrades in CDL as well,” Kawu secretary- general Moses Ndiema said in an October 17 letter to members and KQ management.

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Francis Muli

Written by Francis Muli

Senior reporter at Kahawa Tungu, Muli has a passion for human interest stories. He believes in unearthing societal rots that have been hidden from the public eye. He has also carved himself a niche in writing business stories. He has worked for various organisations including Kenya Television Service, Business Today among others. Follow him on Twitter @FmuliKE.
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