SAA staff go on strike

2013-07-18 08:59

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.

BDLive reports that 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 Satawu's decision was "regrettable" and a misrepresentation of its offer to workers, many of whom had already indicated they would accept the 6.5% increase it had tabled.

They added that they will monitor the situation and should the need arise, they will activate contingency plans in order to ensure business continuity. Those measures will safeguard the operations from the possible effects of the industrial action and are intended to avoid causing inconvenience to customers and passengers.

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