Kenya airways sacks 140 staff for striking over salaries

Kenya airways staff

Kenya Airways has sacked 140 employees from its technical department for staging a two-day strike demanding salary increments.

KQ boss Sebastian Mikosz says the strike by 140 engineers was illegal and that the airline’s management will not be held at ransom.

He issued the dismissal letters on Wednesday evening after issuing three warning letters urging the employees to return to work.

“Three warning calls were issued to the striking staff yesterday. As at 3 pm this afternoon none of the striking employees had heeded to this warning.  Left with no other choice management has taken necessary action,” Mikosz said.

The workers who fuel, maintain and service KQ aircraft went on strike demanding for salary increments.

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According to Mikosz, technical assistants whose monthly salaries were raised from Sh120,000 to Sh200,000 in the review are now demanding Sh340,000.

Production and duty control engineers want a monthly raise from Sh340,000 amount to Sh1.2 million a month.

But employees accuse him of high handedness in dealing with the salary review issue claiming 200 have been sacked over the strike.

In December last year, the staff staged a similar strike being which saw the airline’s management increase salaries from March.

According to Mikosz, Kenya Airways lost about 80 engineers and technicians between January 2016 and February this year.