KQ sacks 140 technical operators over Wednesday’s go-slow

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Kenya’s carrier, Kenya Airways has sacked 140 of its technical staff after they staged a go-slow on Wednesday.

The technical operators were agitating for a pay rise. They threatened to stall all operations which would expressly hurt all in-bound and out-bound flights at JKIA.

The airline issued warning letters and later dismissal letters on Wednesday evening.

According to the Star, operators in-charge of base and line maintenance, technical workshops, cabin and in-flight entertainment, multi-crew cooperation and technical assistance were dismissed.

During the go-slow, one of the engineers accused KQ management of ignoring their grievances for increased pay.

“We sent a letter to the CEO and wrote him an email but he neglected us. The reason we are here is disturbing. We have been trying to engage management on payment issues,” he said as quoted by the Star.

In their push, they want at least Sh340, 000 at minimum for technical assistants.

The matter is said to have been addressed by the board and funds were released.

The issue was left to the technical director to implement but nothing has been forthcoming.