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Win for KQ pilots as court rules in their favour

The Employment and Labour Relations court has come to the rescue of Kenya Airways (KQ) pilots, after it directed the national carrier to pay their full salaries.

The KQ pilots have not been receiving their full salaries since the grounding of aircraft due to the COVID-19 pandemic that forced them to be sent on leave.

Justice Maureen Onyango ordered that KQ should assign the leave taken proportionately to the salary earned during the period and should not punish pilots who defied a directive to work more than 12 hours.

“At the same time, it is not logical to send an employee on leave at reduced pay when the leave was accumulated at full pay,” Justice Onyango said.

The court, however, dismissed the Kenya Airline Pilots Association’s (KALPA) application to punish the KQ management for failing to obey court orders.

Justice Onyango ruled that Both the KQ management and the pilots are to blame since some of the pilots had refused to cooperate to work more than 12 hours as it was agreed.

KQ had last year cut the pilots’ salaries but their union complained they were not consulted first.

It is emerging that KQ is owing pilots more than KSh1.8 billion in leave liability accrued for eight years. A situation attributed to lack of enough pilots to handle the cargo and passenger flights.


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