KQ employees get 22% salary increase in new CBA deal

Monday, December 11th, 2023 22:17 | By
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Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced that it has concluded talks with four of five workers' unions where its employees are members.

In a statement, KQ announced it had reached agreements in new Collective Bargaining Agreements with the Kenya Aviation Workers Union (KAWU) in Kenya, the General Transport, Petroleum, and Chemical Workers Union (GTPCWU) in Ghana, the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) in Nigeria, and the Amalgamated and Transport General Workers' Union (ATGWU) in Uganda.

The recently concluded CBAs will be effective in December 2023 and are set to run for the next two years, 2023/4 to 2025.

The agreement will give the KAWU membership a 22 per cent increment on their basic salary, among other allowances, over the two years.

"KAWU has been extremely patient and supportive of management's effort to turn around the airline. They have worked with us to systematically address the welfare of our employees. We both agree that we have a convergence of mind to ensure that the airline is sound and sustainable and therefore guarantee the future of our people," KQ Group MD and CEO Allan Kilavuka stated.

KQ commends KAWU

KQ further commends KAWU and their leadership, led by Secretary General Moss Ndiema, for their understanding of the economic realities.

Key points addressed in the CBAs included staff welfare, fair compensation, affordability, and sustainability.

"KAWU is pleased that, after 8 years since 2014, we have successfully negotiated the long-awaited CBA. We firmly believe that the offer presented by Kenya Airways management is the best achievable under the current economic conditions, serving as a testament to the positive industrial relations at Kenya Airways," Ndiema stated.

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