If the pilots’ planned strike at Kenya Airways occurs as planned, Kenya Airways stands to lose an estimated 300 million shillings ($2.5 million) every day.
More than 400 pilots at the airline are represented by KALPA, which had issued a notice that will start a strike at midnight on Wednesday over pensions, accumulated back wages, and other issues disagreement.
The proposed strike, according to the Kenyan Airways Board, would be unjustified and jeopardize the airline’s ability to recover from the epidemic.
The board stated in a statement that none of the issues submitted by KALPA justify an industrial strike and added that all wage agreements with unions must take the business’s efforts to earn a profit into account.
According to the information that is currently available, Kenya Airways transported 8,000 passengers daily on average in the first half of this year. The union is requesting that the airline refund any back wages that were accumulated at the time, as well as begin payments to its staff pension fund, which were suspended during the epidemic.
When the epidemic started to spread, Kenya Airways, like other airlines, grounded its fleet and delayed paying its employees.The board said that things had improved, with all employees now receiving their full wages each month along with some additional money to go toward paying off the deferred pay over time.