Tuesday, 19 November 2019 19:08

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has urged striking unions to work with South African Airways (SAA) management to end the strike. 

Gordhan has met with unions on day 5 of the strike and also met with the board and management of SAA as the airline is prepared to resume some domestic services on Thursday.

The strike has cast doubt on the survival of the airline, which has not turned a profit since 2011 and is reliant on state bailouts.

National carrier has reiterated that it does not have the financial capacity to meet eight-percent salary increase demand, saying it can only be in a position to pay 5.9 percent from March 2020.

SAA acting CEO Zuks Ramasia said the airline is on the road to recovery.

Wage talks between the airline, Numsa and the SA Cabin Crew Association remain deadlocked, nonetheless the meeting between airline and the unions is set to continue.

However, Ramasia said things were looking up for the parastatal.

“It is important to note that the domestic service is not being ignored but is being operated by our subsidiary, Mango Airlines. Therefore, SAA is on the road of operational recovery as we speak.”