The National Union of Air Transport Employees(NUATE)is to ground operations of Kenya Airways also known as KQ from 1200 midnight Tuesday, December 5, 2017 over welfare issues.
The union made this known in an online statement signed by the General Secretary of NUATE, Comrade Olayinka OluAbioye
In a statement titled, “Notice Of Industrial Action Against The Management of Kenya Airways,Nigeria” the union stated that it had waited patiently over the months for Kenya Airways, Nairobi management to respond positively to the fundamental welfare demands of its Nigerian employees and implement the collective bargaining agreement with the union but that the airline has refused to respond.
Abioye added that as a result of the refusal of Kenya Airways to address the issues raised, “Notice is hereby given by the National Union of Air Transport Employees(NUATE) to all intending passengers on KQ that with effect from 1200midnight of Tuesday 5th. December 2017, all operations of Kenya Airways in Nigeria shall be grounded.”
“We hereby appeal to all intending passengers and other airport users and partners to bear with the workers and its Union as they embark on this industrial action for the safety and security of all parties, as you all know that a “disgruntled worker is an accident waiting to happen”, which we intend to prevent,” The union stated.
The union stated that the industrial action would be indefinite until the management of the airline address the issues and do the needful.
According to NUATE, “Nigerian worker’s patience in Kenya Airways has been exhausted and they cannot continue to suffer at the expense of certain other persons.”
The union solicited the cooperation and support of security agencies as the union embark on the industrial action,bearing in mind that an injury to one is an injury to others, while an injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.