Kenya air traffic controllers in strike threat

  Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan air traffic controllers have issued a three-month notice to the government asking for autonomy  from the civil service, failure to which they  would resort to industrial action.
    The air traffic controllers, who are civil servants    operating under the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) in the ministry of Information, Transport and Communication, want their  department de-linked from the ministry.
      They also want the authorities to come up with a new programme that would include a reviewed structure of salaries and other  terms of service.
     The controllers warn that come 30 June 30, they would bring the entire aviation industry to a halt, if their grievances were not adequately addressed.
     They also asked the government to establish a  parastatal  body to be known as the  Civil Aviation Authority, which would be their direct employer.
    They issued their ultimatum Friday during an annual general meeting of the Kenya Air Traffic Controllers Association.
    The controllers argued that Kenya had a serious shortage of air-traffic controllers due to poor working conditions, adding that they had continued to suffer over the years.
   Kenyan air traffic controllers last downed their tools in 1997, paralysing air traffic services in the country's airports.
   The controllers, who were striking over a promised pay-rise, forced many international arrivals to be re-routed to Dar-es- salaam, Tanzania and Entebbe, Uganda.

21 april 2001 13:49:00

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