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Aviation workers suspend Wednesday strike to allow talks

February 06, 2019 / JEMIMAH MUENI

BY The Kenya Aviation Workers Union has suspended a strike that was set to start Wednesday to allow talks on a takeover of management of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by Kenya Airways. KAWU Secretary General Moss Ndiema told journalists that the Transport Ministry had assured them that there would be redundancies should the takeover succeed.We have agreed to suspend the strike in good faith because the CS has assured us of job security. We also want to give KQ and KAA an opportunity to engage,” said Ndiema.The union last week issued a strike notice over fears that they will they will be rendered jobless after Kenya Airways takes over the operations and management of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Cabinet Secretary for Transport James Macharia however dismissed the claims, saying that the number of staff will actually increase and that workers’ rights will be protected.