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Kenya Airways pilots withdraw strike notice

The Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) has withdrawn a strike notice that had been deferred last month pending discussions with the employer.

In a statement signed by Kalpa general secretary Capt. Paul Gichinga, the association executive council said it had been monitoring the developments at Kenya Airways.

“Based on the progress on specific issues raised by KALPA, we are confident that these developments will positively impact on the airline’s recovery efforts. To this regard, we are today, 3rd November 2016 formally withdrawing the strike notice that had been deferred on 17th October 2016,” read the statement.

PLANNED STRIKE

Last month the association announced plans to strike in order to push for the resignation of KQ’s chief executive and chairman.

But the national carrier obtained court orders outlawing the planned strike even as the aviators maintained that the industrial action was on but first planned a meeting with its members.

On October 17, the association deferred the strike notice after what it termed as “fruitful discussions held between KALPA’s Executive Council and the Government of Kenya, and extensive consultations within the KALPA membership.”

Former Safaricom boss Michael Joseph on October 26 took over the chairmanship of the national carrier with a promise to implement recommendations from an audit report that exposed massive corruption at the airline.