By Irene Gaitirira
Published July 8, 2016
Kenya Airways has sent 80 workers home as it begins the first phase of a retrenchment exercise that will see 596 of its 3973 staff lose their jobs while the the airline save US$200 million.
The national airline of Kenya says it is acting in “full compliance with labor laws, Collective Bargaining Agreements and individual staff membersâ€™ contracts as appropriate.”
“Having successfully implemented some of the initiatives such as the sale and sublease of aircraft, the reduction of waste in catering, and renegotiation of some contracts, ” Kenya Airways says it is right-sizing “the organization to align with the reduced fleet size and improve productivity of our staff across the network.”
Mbuvi Ngunze, Group Managing Director & CEO of Kenya Airways, says, â€œDuring this period we have stress-tested the accuracy of our right-sizing estimates in order to ensure that we have identified all possible ways to retain staff as well as securing the airlines long term operational efficiency.â€
â€œThe decision communicated above is not made lightly, and I want to thank all employees for their tremendous resilience and commitment in serving our guests in challenging times for the company. I also want to thank our people affected in this process for their commitment and hard work and wish them every success in their future endeavors,â€ added Mbuvi.
Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team, carries an estimated four million passengers to 54 destinations worldwide, 44 of which are in Africa, annually.