Kenya Airways Pilots to Give Decision on Strike After Government Plea to Call It Off

Kenya Airways PLC's pilots union will give its final decision later tonight on whether to begin a strike on Saturday after the government urged them to it call off, the transport minister said on Friday, Reuters reported. The walkout, which is due to start at 6.00 am local time, will affect thousands of business and leisure travelers at one of the most important aviation hubs in the continent. The pilots union has said that it would call a strike over a dispute on pensions contributions and settlement of deferred pay for its members after a 14-day notice had passed without the airline's management addressing their grievances. The airline described the planned strike as unlawful and warned that it could jeopardise its recovery from the pandemic, and the airline could at a minimum lose 300 million shillings ($2.5 million) a day. In last-minute talks to avert a strike, Transport minister Kipchumba Murkomen said the government had issued a plea to the pilots union not to go ahead with the industrial action, adding that disruptions at the airline had already started. Read more.