Gordhan to meet striking SAA unions

The strike has cast doubt on the survival of the airline.
Image: Refilwe Modise, Citizen

South Africa’s Public Enterprises minister will meet unions striking at its state-owned airline on Tuesday in an effort to resolve a strike over wages at the embattled South African Airways (SAA) that has entered its fifth day.

State-owned SAA has cancelled hundreds of flights since the strike began on Friday, saying the stoppage is costing R50 million per day and jeopardising talks with lenders.

Irvin Jim, General Secretary for the National Union for Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which called the strike alongside the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca), said the unions would meet with Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday to discuss the strike.

SACCA’s deputy president Christopher Shabangu also confirmed the meeting saying it was “trying to find a solution to ending the strike”.

The spokesman to Gordhan could not be reached for comment.

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

SAA said on Monday its international flights were operating on schedule while some domestic passengers would face more cancellations on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The unions have also threatened to shut down the entire aviation industry in Africa’s most industrialised nation by extending industrial action beyond state-run airline.

The SAA is expected to give updates on the strike at 13:00 on Tuesday.

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He is going to “resolve” it.

Unions get what they want and in return have to stop moaning about the deployed cadres doing the looting in Management.

Gordhan should be fired. He has been at it for years now and its going from bad to worse.

Let them shut everything down for as long as it takes them to go away.

Oh Dear-the ANC caving in to Unions like at Eskom. So no doubt who runs SA. Why is ANC interfering???? Zim here we come.

Pravin (and the government) better do as instructed by the Unions or else S.A. will burn.
Pravin will have no option other than to direct SAA’s board to award 8% increase and cancel all intentions to retrench staff. He’ll also have to give all SAA’s staff a further inducement not to sabotage infrastructure, i.e. perhaps a R10,000 bonus (as the Corrupt Eskom did to staff last year).
We all know who rules S.A. Why vote ANC when you can vote for the unions directly?

What are the odds that by weeks end there will be an 8% increase and a R10000 per employee happy happy present, all paid for by the faithful 4%.

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