Thursday, 14 November 2019 18:30

 

The planned strike at South African Airways will go ahead indefinitely and this after the unions and SAA failed to reach agreement.

SAA had offered the workers a wage increase of 5.9 percent but the unions rejected the offer and are demanding 8 percent.

In a joint statement the two unions said the strike would be indefinite. The unions had announced that, if their demands were not met, they would launch the "mother of all strikes".

NUMSA and SACCA, want immediate insourcing of certain services and the cancelling of outsourcing contracts which the unions claim are "bleeding the national carrier dry".

"Our demands are not just for a wage increase. In 2015 we were told SAA is in a crisis and workers had to be retrenched. Those workers were retrenched, but nothing was done about the airline's procurement space, which affects (its finances). If the management of this airline is genuine, they will deal with the insourcing issue immediately," NUMSA and SACCA said at a briefing this afternoon.

Meanwhile the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) announced that it will approach the Labour Court to seek an urgent interdict against SAA's "bid to retrench almost one thousand workers".