Mango pay dispute threatens holiday plans

2012-11-01 06:52

Low cost carrier Mango is embroiled in a wage dispute with its pilots, a dispute that could lead to a strike.

A strike by pilots could threaten holiday maker’s plans for December.

Mango is a subsidiary of state owned carrier SAA.

Mango’s pilots want an inflation linked increase plus an additional 7% for every year for the next three years.

That amounts to around 14% per year.

The pilots are represented by Solidarity. The union represents 60 of the airline’s 65 pilots.

Nico Strydom, solidarity spokesperson, said the union declared a dispute with Mango earlier this month and this dispute has now been referred to the CCMA.

“For now there’s no strike. It depends on what happens todat at the CCMA. If we can’t reach an agreement, the CCMA will issue a strike certificate.

Following that, Solidarity will first approach our members for a mandate.”

Solidarity said Mango pilots are not remunerated as well as pilots flying for other low cost carriers in South Africa.

“Mango pilots earn 30% less than pilots at Comair and 45% less than pilots at the SAA even though Mango belongs to the SAA,” said Strydom.

He says Mango wants pilots remuneration to be compared to 1Time Holdings.

1Time pilots earn on average 3% more than Mango pilots but many of the 1Time pilots are contract workers.

“We believe our members should be earning the same as pilots flying for Kulula,” Strydom said.

Hein Kaiser, Mango spokesperson, said Mango does not negotiate through the media.

In a short statement he said: “Mango will continue to seek a mutually beneficial outcome, taking into account challenges that face global aviation and the current context of the South African aviation sector”.

Earlier this year SAA pilots accepted a nominal increase following the airlines loss of R1.3 billion.

That loss included Mango’s results.

– Fin24

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