JKIA Strike,passengers stranded as flights are grounded

JKIA strike see passengers stranded
Thousand of passengers left stranded at JKIA

It was work unusual on Wednesday at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) after the Kenya Aviation Workers Union (KAWU) went on strike.

The JKIA strike started at midnight causing no planes to land at the airport as fire engines were also withdrawn.

Passengers were left stranded following the JKIA strike with Kenya Airways advising customers not to come at the airport after 11 am.

On Wednesday morning police arrived at the airport to disperse the striking workers engaging each other in running battles as teargas was lobbed in the air.

Planes planned to land at JKIA airport were forced to use the Mombasa and Kisumu Airports.

JKIA strike reason

The strike comes barely a month after the union issued a strike notice over the handing over of the management to Kenya Airways.

KAWU insists that the airline pays hefty salaries to its top management and consultants when Kenyans themselves can handle their tasks.

The union accuses Kenya Airways on being wasteful in finances as they are said to have maintained top paid Polish consultants.

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The management is also accused of looting money through the foreign workers.