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KAA workers deny claims by their employee offer

10 April 2012, 11:32 Alloys Musyoka

Over 30 striking Kenya Airport Authority workers in Malindi District have vehemently denied that the Authority is offering them over 60,000 salaries as published on a Saturday newspaper.

They said the Authority is playing a hide and seek game and lying to the public that they have given such offer to its workers.

Addressing journalists in Malindi their spokesman Mr. Jimmy Sugut said there has not been such offer and they wished the Authority would have offered to them such amount of money.

“What Kenyans are being told through our media is totally a lie and if that is what they have given us then we would not have decided to strike,” said Mr. Sugut.

He said the Authority was instead offering 15,000 to 25,000 starting salary to workers with mean grade of C and not 63,000 as claimed by the Authority through media.

He said the clamed 63,000 starting salary was a proposal which has not been implemented challenging their employer to prove them wrong.

Mr. Sugut said the strike will continue until their issues are met by the Authority which they said make a lot of money daily but poorly pay its employees.

Meanwhile operations at the Malindi Airport went on well according to Manager Mr. alter Agong despite fears that illegal goods may be finding way to the area through the Airport due to the ongoing strike.

Mr. Sugut said the Airport was forced to hire six Malindi Municipal Council fire brigades who are not qualified and expressed fear that the Airport may be at risk in case of any emergency.

“They have been forced to hire six quarks from Municipal council of Malindi who are not qualified because they are no ISO certified, they have no knowledge of safety concerning the Airport and in case of emergency the Airport may be at risk,” added Sugut.

However Agong maintained that operations at the Airport were going on well as flights and chatters were on time and operated normally.

He said some of the striking staffs had reported back and were working but he refused to disclose the number though Sugut told journalists that the workers were being victimized because they were still on probation.

Agong said that Malindi Municipal council fire brigades were standby in case of any emergence to assist the Airport.

“We have Malindi Municipal fire brigades who are alert so that they can assist in case of any emergency here so everything is well,” noted Agong.

He said there is no need of alarm as activities are going on well at the Malindi Airport despite the illegal strike going on across the country by KAA workers. 

The workers went on strike since Friday last week after their employer failed to implement a pay increase.

Workers had proposed pay increase of 25 per cent but their employers offered the 9 per cent which they refused.

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