SAA strike: flights not disrupted

2013-01-11 10:56
South African Airways has issued a statement to assure customers that  it is business as usual for the national carrier, despite being notified of National Transport Movement (NTM) strike action.

SAA Communications Manager Kabelo Ledwaba confirmed that the notice had been issued 48 hours prior to strike actions scheduled for Friday 11 January 2013.

NTM Secretary General Craig Nte confirmed that the union had met with SAA acting CEO Vuyisile Kona to discuss NTM’s role as a union as well as “SAA’s refusal to recognize it as an official union, despite meeting the necessary criteria.” Kona has reportedly ask NTM to delay its strike action until Tuesday.

Crsig said the strike would involve all its members who form part of the SAA ground, cabin, cargo and technical crew.

In the statement released by SAA, the national carrier said it had met with NTM at the CCMA on 14, 15, 18 and 27 December 2012 to conclude the verification process that would allow the union to be recognised in the airline. The CCMA Commissioner’s report was made available to SAA on 31 December 2012 where the following was highlighted:

“The Commissioner confirmed in his report that the union has 1, 111 members and needed to have 1, 220 to meet 30% of 4, 065 employees who are part of the bargaining unit. This therefore confirmed that NTM failed to meet the 30% threshold. This is why the NTM remains unrecognised at SAA.”

SAA also said in the statement there have been absolutely no disruptions to the flight schedules and that operations continue as per normal.

“The airline is committed to business-continuity and has activated a contingency plan to avoid any unnecessary inconvenience to our customers.”

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