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KQ ordered to reinstate sacked engineers pending case

The technical staff were dismissed after they downed their tools over pay and the national carrier advertised their positions/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 – The Employment and Labour Relations Court has ordered the reinstatement of 140 sacked Kenya Airways engineers and technicians with immediate effect.

Judge Hellen Wasilwa issued the order citing safety concerns of travellers flying on planes that have not been serviced.

“I am like any other person who uses flights to travel and I cannot risk using planes that are unserviced since all the engineers and technicians have been sacked.”

“I therefore direct the airline to reinstate the sacked employees immediately pending determination of the case,” ruled judge Wasilwa.

Lawyer Dismas Wambola for the sacked engineers and technicians had urged the court to order their reinstatement arguing that during the festive season they ought to be at work.

KQ’s prayer to have the matter adjourned to enable it respond to its actions was rejected and was instead given up to Tuesday to do so.

The sacked technical staff moved to court last week to contest their dismissal without being offered the right to be heard.

The case is due for an inter-partes hearing on Wednesday.

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