“This is against government wish to employers to protect jobs as much as possible,” he said.
The government is amid an initiative to nationalize the airline and this envisions not only retention but the creation of employment of opportunities. Your trajectory works against this endeavor.”
Kenya Airways (KQ) is set to lay off a substantial number of its employees as the effect of the coronavirus continues to bite.
The carrier on Friday wrote to its employees informing them that the company would over the coming months undertake a “rightsizing exercise” to enable it to steer through the tough times.
In a communication to employees, Chief Executive Officer Allan Kilavuka said the airline has started a rationalisation process that it expects to complete by September 30 this year.
He added that some employees would be required to proceed on unpaid leave. It will however retain workers who will continue operating cargo flights as well as domestic flights, which it expects to restart operating soon.
“While we have all put in a tremendous amount of work to keep our business afloat, it has become increasingly challenging to fulfill our obligations and maintain operations,” said Mr Kilavuka.
Our short and medium-term projections indicate that we must inevitably reduce our operations before we begin to scale up again.”
He continued: “With the suppressed demand for air transport, a large part of our fleet will remain grounded. We will also operate a reduced network when we resume our services as we anticipate that it will take some time before the industry starts to rebound.”
On Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta came to the aid of the aviation sector opening domestic travel for airlines beginning July 15.
International air travel will begin on August 1 offering another opportunity for airlines to rescue their businesses battered by the Corona Virus pandemic. Airlines grounded their passenger flights early this year following restriction measures including inter-states border closures to tame the spread of coronavirus globally.