SAA strike: Flights unaffected

2013-07-18 11:15
Cape Town - Cabin crew and ground staff, belonging to the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), downed tools on Thursday after talks over salary increases broke down.

South African Airways confirmed in a statement that there has been no disruption to flight schedules.

"SAA would like to assure all its customers that all operations continue as per normal. The airline is committed to business-continuity and will do all that is necessary to avoid any inconvenience to its customers," said SAA spokesperson Dileseng Koetle.

"With 34 individuals participating in the strike currently, there has been no impact whatsoever on SAA’s operations."

United Association of SA (Uasa) sector manager Willie van Eeden said on Wednesday his union and Satawu, who jointly represent about 70% of SAA's cabin crew and ground staff, were meant to sign a wage agreement with the airline on Tuesday. This was after reaching an "in principle" agreement for a 6.5% increase to basic salaries, housing allowances and medical aid contributions.

According to Van Eeden, Satawu never showed up to the talks and decided to lift the strike suspension that had been in place since last Thursday because of the "recalcitrant management of SAA".

SAA said it is still open to discussion and is eager to reach an amicable solution with all the parties concerned. 

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