JKIA Strike,passengers stranded as flights are grounded

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

The JKIA strike started at midnight causing no planes toland at the airport as fire engines were also withdrawn.

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

On Wednesday morning police arrived at the airport todisperse the striking workers engaging each other in running battles as teargaswas lobbed in the air.

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

JKIA strike reason

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

KAWU insists that the airline pays hefty salaries to its topmanagement 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.

Also read: Flights disrupted at JKIA due to bad weather

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

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