Victory for sacked engineers at Kenya airways as industrial court orders their reinstatement

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BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,18TH DEC 2017-Industrial court in Nairobi has ordered National carrier Kenya Airways  to reinstate 157 employees it sacked last month pending the hearing and determination of the case filed by the aggrieved workers.

While issuing the directive, Justice Hellen Wasilwa sided with employees stating it was unsafe for passengers to fly in planes that are not properly serviced.

 The order will see the engineers and technicians resume work, having filed a case challenging the dismissal.

“I am like any other person who uses flight to travel and I cannot risk using planes that are un-serviced since all the engineers and technicians have been sacked, I therefore order that KQ reinstates the sacked employees with immediate effect, ”ruled Wasilwa.

Kenya Airways’ technical department has suffered major exits with staff being poached by Middle East carriers over the past two years.

The sacked engineers lawyer  Dismsas Wambola told the court that due to the festive seasons the engineers ought to be at work adding that it is unsafe  for the planes to fly without being serviced.

Kenya Airways had earlier applied for an adjournment of the case to enable it reply to the case  but it was declined by the court and instead they were given until Tuesday to file its responses.

The sacked technical staff had moved to court last week to challenge their dismissal saying that the engineers were dismissed without being offered the right to be heard.

Kenya Airways lost about 80 engineers and technicians between January 2016 and February this year.

The technical department had earlier in the year staged a strike which saw the airline’s management increase salaries from March.

 

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