NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 7 – The High Court has put on hold the hearing of an application by Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) seeking to declare the ongoing strike by Kenya Aviation Workers Union illegal, to allow a committee appointed by Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani to resolve the dispute.
The Employment and Labour Relation judge Justice Onesmus Makau, said since the committee has been appointed by the CS to look into the dispute, the court ought to give it an opportunity to arbitrate the aggrieved parties dispute.
The judge directed that parties have to await the outcome of deliberations by the committee which might resolve dispute between KQ, KAA and aviation workers union.
He said the applicant KAA should be able to file its report by Monday 11 and the interim orders suspending the strike stands extended until then.
The CS while addressing the press at his offices, did appoint Sharif Abdukadir as the chairman of the committee and will be assisted by Dr Justus Tony and Linus Kariuki.
The committee has 30 days to resolve the matter.
KQ argued that the union had expressed displeasure of planned public private partnership between it and KAA in the management of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The court heard that the union did not follow proper procedures in calling the strike.
The union officials had filed a case in the High Court but did not secure an order stopping the intended partnership but proceeded to issue strike notice on February 28.