Stern Action to be Taken Against Striking Aviation Workers, CS Macharia Warns

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has warned that the striking aviation workers will be taken a stern action against for being involved in an illegal strike.

The strike saw operations at JKIA, and Mombasa and Kisumu International Airports grounded since Tuesday night leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

He assured that the normal operations at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) will resume by end of Wednesday following the disruption caused by a strike by Kenya Aviation Workers Union (KAWI).

Macharia said that the National Youth Service and Kenya Air Force have been called in to screen passengers and luggage, a major process that has grounded operations at JKIA.

Macharia said about 30 screeners were involved in the what he calls an ‘illegal strike’ that affected 24 incoming flights Tuesday night and 2 outgoing flights Wednesday morning.

“I met with the Union officials and we agreed they will call off the strike, which they did,” said Macharia.

The Union had issued a strike notice to protest the proposed takeover of JKIA by Kenya Airways, which the Cabinet Secretary assured the Union that there will be no loss of jobs.

“We even showed them how the numbers will go up if and when the deal goes ahead,” added Macharia.

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