(Xinhua) -- Kenya Airways said its flights continue
to run as scheduled despite the illegal strike by some of its
Kenya Airways said in a statement
released on Wednesday night that flight operations are expected
to continue as normal despite the strike by over 140 technical
workers who went on a go-slow for the second time in a year on
Tuesday evening demanding salary increments.
“Kenya Airways management has been
consistently communicating in good faith the progress of
addressing issues raised by the technical department. Key has
been remuneration and this was addressed earlier in the year,”
the airline said.
“The illegal strike at Kenya Airways
hangers by about 140 engineers and technicians is in bad faith
and unacceptable,” the carrier added.
The workers, including those who fuel,
maintain and service Kenya Airways aircraft, want their pay
adjusted upwards to match that paid to their equivalents working
for Middle East carriers.
They have cited high cost of training
maintenance personnel, and an increasing migration of
technicians to the Gulf countries due to poor pay in the
The technicians are demanding a
minimum pay of 3,400 U.S. dollars for technical assistants and
12,000 dollars for the highest paid ones.
The airline confirmed it has lost
about 80 engineers and technicians to the Middle East carriers
between January 2016 and February.
The airline said it went on a
recruitment campaign to replace the exited staff and implemented
accelerated course training and approvals for the eligible
technicians and engineers. All were recruited within the Kenyan
The airline said the current demands
for a salary increment comes barely seven months after receiving
a pay rise.
Kenya Airways said the technical
department has a staff of over 600 employees at various levels
but only about 15 percent of these are participating in the