UPDATE 3-Government urges Kenya Airways pilots to halt strike

jueves 13 de octubre de 2016 10:44 GYT

* Airline cuts losses in first half of year

* Warns of damage of planned pilots' strike

* Strike scheduled for next week (Updates with government warning)

By Duncan Miriri

NAIROBI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - The Kenyan government and Kenya Airways urged pilots to call off a strike planned for next week, saying it would be "economic and national sabotage" and hamper efforts to stem losses at the airline.

The carrier, 27 percent owned by Air France KLM, took the unprecedented step of publishing parts of its earnings early in response to the strike called by pilots' union KALPA. . It halved its pretax loss to 5 billion shillings ($49.4 million) over the past six months thanks to a recovery in passenger numbers.

The government, which owns a 29.8 percent stake in the airline, warned the union against strike action, saying it would cause widespread economic disruption.

"The government will use all the levers available under law to take action against those who defy this directive," James Macharia, the transport minister, said in a statement.

KALPA had said it has lost confidence in the ability of the airline's CEO Mbuvi Ngunze and chair of the board Dennis Awori to end years of losses.   Continuación...