Pilots and KQ must reach a settlement by 2:30 PM, per the court’s order.

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Kenya Airways (KQ) and the Kenya Airlines Pilot Association (KALPA) have been directed by Lady Justice Anna Mwaure to resume negotiations and find a solution to their impasse.

The judge denied KALPA’s plea for a seven-day extension to resolve the matter and ordered the parties to provide their consent in writing to the court by Tuesday at 2:30 PM.

The airline will suffer damages, according to Justice Anna Mwaure, if the parties are given a 7-day mediation time during which they can assure the pilots that they are secure and not in jail.

11 KALPA officials were called by the Employment and Labour Relations Court for their refusal to end the pilots’ strike, which reached its fourth day on Tuesday.

The court order stated that the individuals listed below were to appear in court on November 8th to “show cause why they should not be penalised for contempt of Court for breaching Court orders issued by the Court on October 31st 2022.”

The airline is accused of not upholding their CBA by KALPA, according to the charges being traded between the pilots and KQ management.

On the other hand, KQ has referred to the pilots’ strike as illegitimate and has accused them of using it as a leverage tactic to control both the Kenyan economy and passengers.

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