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Kenya Airways from retrenching its employees until a suit brought by the workers union challenging the layoffs is heard and determined.

6780 The High Court has temporarily stopped national carrier Kenya Airways from retrenching its employees until a suit brought by the workers union challenging the layoffs is heard and determined. The airline, which is 26.73-per cent-owned by Air France KLM, said this month it would shed off staff through voluntary retirement, redundancies, and outsourcing of non-core roles to contain soaring operation costs. “The respondent (Kenya Airways) is hereby restrained by way of temporary injunction from proceeding with any negotiations or any staff rationalisation that may render members redundant pending the hearing,” Judge Onesmus Makau said in court orders seen by Reuters yesterday. The Aviation and Allied Workers Union filed a lawsuit in the industrial court seeking to stop the airline’s action on the grounds the management had breached the labour relations act that requires a firm to engage workers through their union before laying them off. The parties will return to the