KQ now advertises jobs held by sacked engineers

Striking engineers at JKIA on November 29, 2017. PHOTO | COURTESY
Striking Kenya Airways engineers at JKIA on November 29, 2017. PHOTO | COURTESY 

Kenya Airways #ticker:KQ has invited qualified aircraft engineers and technicians to apply for the positions left vacant after the national carrier sacked at least 140 staff for participating in a strike.

KQ has placed an advert in the media, stating that the deadline for application for the positions is December 15, indicative of the speed with which the carrier wants the positions filled.

A section of KQ's technical staff are demanding their pay be adjusted upwards by up to three and a half times to match Middle East carriers, a move the airline's management has ruled out.

Kenya Airways Wednesday evening sent termination letters to the striking employees who have now threatened to go to court in protest.

“Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the following job opportunities – engineers and technicians,” the airline says in a newspaper advertisement.

“For detailed role profiles, please visits our website and apply online. Deadline for application is December 15.”

KQ says the prospective engineers and technicians will be responsible for carrying out inspections and repairs on its aircraft and systems.