Kenya’s National Airline, Kenya Airways (KQ) is laying off more employees in a continuous process to cut down on expenditure particularly on salaries.
The National carrier has been adversely affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic and has now issued fresh redundancy letters to workers on probation.
In a letter dated the 24th of June, Evelyne Munyoki, the Chief Human Resources Officer (HR) says the effects of Covid-19 has seen the airline grounded since March and no probation training program going on hence the decision, ” In the circumstances. I regret to advise you or Managements decision to terminate your appointment by giving you one (1) month notice with effect from 24th June 2020″
The trainees have been notified to return any company property in their possesion and will be paid the following dues with any debt owed to the airline fully deducted.
- Salary and all applicable allowances upto and including 24th june 2020
- one month salary in lieu of notice
- Accrued Leave days as at 24th June 2020
KQ has also been sending mental preparedness emails to all employees signaling a retrenchment in progress. “I am aware that many of you may be anxious about your future given the very many variables that this COVID-19 crisis has presented. You have all read the effects that it has had on many companies, economies, and more particularly airlines. Almost all global airlines have shrunk their operations in response to depressed demand, and many have received significant government support just to survive the effects of this pandemic. Kenya Airways is no different and will also have to shrink in order to survive and Government support is imperative for this to happen.” Allan Kilavuka, CEO KQ wrote to all employees.
The loss-making airline has already terminated dozens of contracts leaving some contract staff who worked for KQ under CDL a company who have worked for more than 5 years with no benefits.