Court lifts order barring Kenya Airways job cuts
30 August 2012, 18:03
Nairobi - A Kenyan
court has lifted a temporary order on Kenya Airways that stops the
airline from cutting jobs as part of cost reduction plans.
The airline, 26.7 percent-owned by Air France KLM, said this
month it would shed staff through voluntary retirement, redundancies and
outsourcing of non-core roles.
But the Aviation and Allied Workers Union, which represents 3,800
staff at the airline, challenged the cuts in court and secured
restraining orders against the company.
"The interim orders granted on August 10 are hereby lifted and
the matter will proceed to hearing on September 10," Judge Monica Mbaru
said in her ruling on Thursday.
Leonard Ochieng, the lawyer for the union told Reuters that the
court's decision to lift the orders was a "travesty" of justice and said
he would demand a review of it on Friday.
The airline declined to comment.
The union wants the court to block the job cuts altogether,
arguing that the airline had not consulted the workers as required by
law before deciding to terminate their services.
Kenya Airways has said its wage bill more than doubled over the
past six years to 13.4 billion shillings while the total number of staff
has risen by more than 16 percent to 4,834.
The airline, ranked as one of the largest airlines in sub-Saharan
Africa alongside Ethiopia Airlines and South Africa Airways, has not
said how much it aims to save or how many jobs would go.