December 4, 2020

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Kenya Airways staff issue strike notice ahead of U.S. flights

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An airline workers’ union asked members to “stay away” from operations on Oct. 28 when Kenya Airways Plc’s is scheduled to have its inaugural flight to New York should management fail to conclude pay talks before then.

“Management is proposing a pay cut, in total disregard to immense sacrifices that our members made in the recent past when the airline was in extreme distress,” the Kenya Aviation Workers Union said in an emailed statement.

Officials held a meeting Oct. 16 to discuss the carrier’s counter proposal for a collective bargaining agreement that offered no salary increment on all clauses except one, which the company seeks to scrap altogether, according to the statement.

The U.S. is Kenya’s biggest tourism market and the airline estimates the New York route will boost revenue by 10 percent in 2019. Kenya Airways expects a load factor of 75 percent to 80 per cent in the first year of flights to the American city and 95 percent in the following year.

Source: Bloomberg

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