Monday 23 May 2022
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Fears of job losses rife over KQ, KAA merger.

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) is set to kick off talks on Kenya Airways’ plan to manage operations at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). Documents detailing the proposal however reveal that KAA plans to make all JKIA employees redundant at the onset before giving the employees fresh contracts of employment. In the proposal, Kenya Airways has issued KAA with three options in regards to how they would treat JKIA staff. The first option states that second all the current JKIA staff to the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) on the same terms for a period of 12 months. After the secondment period, KQ will transfer employees to the SPV with the right to choose employees who receive the transfer proposal. The second option states that those it wishes to retain after the secondment period, would have to be transferred to the SPV by way of an agreement between the SPV, KAA and their staff. This restructuring is part of efforts to help the airline’s recovery and boost its dwindling revenues.

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