Kenya Airways Sacks 22 Nigerians
East African carrier, Kenya Airways may be headed for rocky times after the disengagement of 22 out of its 26 Nigerian workers.
The 22 employees were issued sack letter on Friday with only four workers including the Country Manager, Mr. Afeez Balogun retained, prompting aviation unions to threaten a showdown with the carrier.
Sources who spoke to Daily Trust say the sack came at a time the union in the aviation industry, the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), is negotiating with the airline for improved workers’ welfare.
The General Secretary of NUATE, Comrade Olayinka Abioye confirmed the sack, saying however that the unilateral disengagement would not stand.
“We have been agitating for the review of terms and conditions of employment in Kenya Airways for about two years,” he said.
“We started the process and somewhere along the line, the management of Kenya Airways said they were doing restructuring exercise because of the financial conditions of the airline. In the meantime, we have even agreed to certain reviews approved by both parties and only waiting for implementation.
“That was one of the reasons we embarked on the picketing we did last December. Then, after the picketing, we were invited and we concluded the review. After the review, we discovered that our Nigerian staff were being owed about 26 months monetary benefits. They claimed that they won’t be able to pay all, but after the consultations, we agreed for 16 months to be paid the workers.
“In between, they introduced a new shift into the discussion, saying that going forward they want to replace all business plans with new business plans called General Sales Agent (GSA), which means they want to engage a travelling agency to handle the ticket sales and reservation and all the workers would be sacked.”
The airline is yet to respond to the threat by the workers’ union.