Shock as KQ sacks 140 striking engineers and technicians

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A Kenya Airways plane. PHOTO: TUKO

Kenya Airways has dealt a blow to about 140 employees currently on strike and has advertised their engineer and technician positions.

The technical staff were dismissed after they downed their tools over pay dispute, even as the airline struggles to get out of financial doldrums.

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From left: Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz, chairman Michael Joseph and board advisor Mbuvi Ngunze. PHOTO: NMG

Among those shown the door are employees in charge of base and line maintenance, technical workshops, cabin and in-flight entertainment, multi-crew cooperation and technical assistance.

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“Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for engineers and technicians,” Kenya Airways said in a notice on Friday, December 1.

Successful applicants (engineers) will be responsible for carrying out and certifying all inspections, repairs and replacement tasks on aircraft and aircraft systems.

The loss-making national career said those interested should visit its website for more information and that the deadline for the application is December 15.

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The technical operators went on a go-slow on Wednesday, November 29 to pressure management to increase their salaries, threatening massive flight cancellations and disruption of services.

In a letter to the new chief executive officer -Sebastian Mikosz- on November 16, the technical team said the matter had been resolved by the board in December last year and funds released.

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They said the technical director has not released the funds to date which prompted them to stage a go-slow after efforts to discuss the matter with the management proved futile.