Kenya Airways Accuses KALPA Of Misleading Information
The Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) has been accused by Kenya Airways (KQ) of misleading the public about their current stand-off.
In a statement released on Sunday, KQ refuted allegations made by KALPA that few pilots have reported for duty as a result of the continuing pilot strike and said that 23 pilots are accessible and performing their duties.
Kenya Airways added that KALPA representatives are reluctant to sit down and negotiate and have further raised their demands.
"Officials of KALPA are spreading misinformation that KQ management is unavailable and unwilling to talk. On the contrary, KALPA officials have increased their demands showing unwillingness to negotiate through the issuance of "irreducible demands".
The Kenyan airline further attacked the pilots’ organization, saying that they are holding its customers and the economy hostage and should go back to work. They also said that they are available for negotiations.
"KALPA are not approaching this reconciliation in good faith. Therefore, they are holding passengers, other employees, management, and the economy at ransom," read part of the statement.
The pilots who started the strike, which is now on its third day, criticized the lack of attention given to their complaints and vowed to withhold their labor until the issues in dispute are resolved.
KQ CEO Allan Kilavuka warned that the strike, which has since affected 12,000 passengers, will cause the airline to lose more money.
Later, he revealed that the company had begun taking disciplinary action against them.
Kipchumba Murokmen, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, commented on the situation, asking the pilots to return to duty and warning them of the repercussions of disobeying a court order.