KAC re­sponds

KAC re­sponds

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE -

KUWAIT:

Fur­ther to an opin­ion piece ap­pear­ing in Kuwait Times (Nov 22, 2016) re­quest­ing a re­sponse from Kuwait Air­ways, the na­tional air­line of Kuwait is pleased to fur­ther clar­ify and add to its widely-cir­cu­lated state­ment on Fri­day, Nov 18 that dis­cus­sions re­lat­ing to vol­un­tary re­tire­ments and job re­as­sign­ments, taken by for­mer em­ploy­ees of the air­line, have been suc­cess­fully con­cluded.

In di­rect re­sponse to the col­umn’s re­ported num­ber of 37 pi­lots, who ear­lier this year re­signed in or­der to take up al­ter­na­tive jobs in govern­ment de­part­ments, Kuwait Air­ways has stated on sev­eral oc­ca­sions that all dis­cus­sions over the pi­lots re­join­ing the air­line have been con­ducted with the full co­op­er­a­tion of the govern­ment and within the frame­work of the law.

It should be clear that the pi­lots in ques­tion were not sin­gled out for re­as­sign­ment, but as per the law, Kuwait Air­ways must reg­u­larly of­fer vol­un­tary schemes giv­ing em­ploy­ees three op­tions: To stay with the air­line, to be trans­ferred to a govern­ment job, or to take a “golden hand­shake” re­tire­ment pack­age. All the pi­lots in the re­cent ne­go­ti­a­tions had vol­un­tar­ily cho­sen to join a govern­ment role, be­fore then look­ing to re­join the air­line.

Kuwait Air­ways’ state­ment pub­lished on Nov 18 de­tailed the agree­ment and the res­o­lu­tion reached be­tween the govern­ment, rep­re­sented by Min­is­ter

of State for Hous­ing Af­fairs and Act­ing Trans­port Min­is­ter Yasser Has­san Abul, and Kuwait Air­ways, the na­tional car­rier. The main ar­eas of dis­cus­sion, as pre­vi­ously re­ported, were con­ducted with trans­parency and re­lated to gen­eral con­di­tions of em­ploy­ment and trans­fers. Sub­ject to the pro­vi­sions con­tained within the Pri­va­ti­za­tion Law (No. 6 - 2008), Kuwait Air­ways was in full com­pli­ance.

The agree­ment with the govern­ment means that pi­lots who had al­ready left the air­line and trans­ferred to a govern­ment pay­roll, un­der the Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (CSC), can re­join Kuwait Air­ways on new con­tracts. Pi­lots who had not yet trans­ferred to a govern­ment job will re­sume work with no in­ter­rup­tion in their ser­vice ben­e­fits, as per the law.

As the coun­try’s na­tional car­rier, Kuwait Air­ways re­mains fully com­mit­ted to the hir­ing of highly-trained Kuwaiti na­tion­als. In fact, at this time, there are cur­rently two new groups of Kuwaitis un­der­go­ing pi­lot train­ing, there­fore en­sur­ing a strong na­tional iden­tity is main­tained among its flight crew - now and well into the fu­ture.

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