Friday, 22 November 2019 15:11

The Commission for conciliation, mediation and arbitration has announced that SAA and unions the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association have reached an agreement.

"The CCMA is pleased to announce that the wage dispute between South African Airways (SAA) and the unions SACCA and NUMSA, has been resolved. The mediated process that was re-convened on Wednesday, 20 November 2019, resulted in an agreement being signed at midday today, 22 November 2019," it said.

The details of the deal were not immediately announced. In a statement, SAA later confirmed that the parties agreed to an increase of 5.9% on total cost of employment retrospective to 1 April 2019, which will be paid in the February 2020 payroll. This would be subject to availability of funding, SAA said. 

The back payment for the first six months would be paid in March 2020, with the remaining four months paid in April 2020. 
 
SAA added, that the Section 189a retrenchment process would be deferred to January 2020, but the deferment would only apply to the bargaining unit. The process would continue for SAA management, with the next consultation scheduled for November 25.