Kenyan pilots have written to President Kenyatta, asking him to intervene after Kenya Airways issued staff with letters of redundancy.
In the open letter, the Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) urged the president his intervention would help at least 4000 families.
“What if we told you that there is some wisdom in the expansion of Kenya Airways? Wisdom that goes far beyond the deliberate short-sighted efforts from within the company to downsize the Pride of Africa,” Thus opens the letter.
Fill the gap
The pilots go ahead to argue that Kenya Airways had an opportunity to fill in gaps. Gaps left by Air Mauritius and South African Airways.
The two airlines are among the most notable in Africa. However, like other airlines, they have taken a hit as other sectors of the economy due to travel restrictions.
The pilots also suggested that downsizing would see the country lose some of its top homegrown talents to foreign carriers.
KALPA said that the members were willing to sacrifice their wages. They would also make further sacrifices to save Kenya Airways if that was necessary.
Kenya Airways has been struggling for a while, with the COVID-19 pandemic only making things worse.
400 workers to lose their jobs
The news comes a day after Kenya Airways management sacked close to 400 workers on contract.
“I regret to advise you of Management’s decision to terminate your contract appointment by giving you one (1) month notice with effect from 31st, July 2020,” part of the termination letter reads.
The company pointed to the hard times that it has fallen on due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, they stated that they would consider the fired employees as a priority in the event that they would rehire.
“The company will give you a priority and consider re-hiring you if and when such a time opportunity arises, subject to all role requirements being made.”