Earlier today Kenya’s national airline Kenya Airways did succeed in court, obtaining a court order to prevent KALPA, the Kenya Airline Pilots Association, from instigating a strike. The combative if not outright militant union had given the airline a 48 hour strike notice effective tomorrow while the legal requirement calls for a seven day notice, something KALPA again conveniently overlooked.
Meanwhile, the Kenyan government, in particular Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, together with Kenya’s Attorney General Githu Muigai, held closed door talks with the members of the Board of Directors and top management of Kenya Airways and KALPA’s ringleaders – Njoroge Murimi and Paul Gichinga, following which it was agreed to withdraw the strike notice and defer any industrial action until at least June 1.
Talks, that were incidentally ongoing, when KALPA resorted to yet more strike threats yesterday, will continue and an agenda has reportedly been drawn up to ensure that a range of contentious issues can be calmly and collectedly addressed without having to resort to industrial action.
Both Kenya Airways and KALPA will have to report back on progress made to the Kenyan government in due course.