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KQ says it does not need sacked workers

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National carrier Kenya Airways  has rejected a High Court directive that it takes back the more than 100 engineers it sacked late last year, arguing that it does not need their services.

KQ, as the airline is popularly known, says in papers filed at the Court of Appeal that it has moved on with its business and cannot accommodate the technicians who were reinstated last December.

“The applicant no longer requires the services of the respondents (the engineers). First, because the applicant believes that they deserved to be summarily dismissed and secondly, because the applicant has restructured such that their reinstatement would only subject the applicant to further irreparable loss,” Latifa Cherono-Murage, a KQ HR relationship manager, says in an affidavit.

Employment and Labour Relations Division judge Hellen Wasilwa had cited safety of aircraft and passengers as reason for quashing the sacking of the engineers, pending hearing and determination of the claim they filed.


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