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Strike over labour dispute grounds flights at Kenya’s main airport

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 6, 2019 16:43

Strike over labour dispute grounds flights at Kenya’s main airport

A strike prompted by a labour dispute grounded flights at Kenya’s main international airport in Nairobi , domestic media said, with flag carrier Kenya Airways saying flights were disrupted.

Hundreds of passengers were waiting outside the domestic terminal and riot police dispersed picketing ground staff, a Reuters witness said, adding that three planes took off at about 8:30 a.m. despite the strike.

“Customers on flights after 11 a.m. are advised not to come to the airport until further communication is shared,” Kenya Airways said in a statement via social network Twitter.

The strike at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport follows a labour dispute between the Kenya Aviation Workers Union (KAWU) and the airline.

Union leader Moss Ndiema was arrested shortly after making a speech at the airport, media said. A court injunction had earlier ordered the suspension of the planned industrial action.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 6, 2019 16:43

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