In a bid to prevent further loss, owing to effects of COVID-19 pandemic, Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced plans to lay off its workers.
In a memo sent to its workforce on Monday, the airline noted that employees will get their salaries alongside their allowances through till July 31, 2020.
According to the memo the staff will also be paid a salary as per the notice. This is after returning company belongings, undertaking an exit medical check-up with KQ clinic and signing all required release papers.
“You will also be paid any amount including salaries owed by the company to you and accrued leave days as at July 31, 2020,” noted the national carrier’s Chief Human Resource Officer Evelyne Munyoki in a note to affected staff.
The airline’s HR officer further noted that if the situation improves, they might consider rehiring them on a case by case basis.
Those on the chopping board mainly include; ground staff, inflight functions, ground operators, clerks, accountants, cargo operations and staff cabin crew.
All these had by January this year received their contracts, having been hired last year. Credible reports from inside KQ revealed that a number of them had not be taken up on permanent basis.
Previously, the Kenya Aviation Workers Union (Kawu) had filed a case in court opposing their hiring, arguing the airline had employees the workers on low pay.
Earlier this week, KAWU protested that the airline should halt the firing of the staff owing to the ongoing court case.
“When the workers were hired on cheap labour, we filed for contempt. The matter is still pending in court for determination,’’ said Kawu Secretary General Moss Ndiema.