SAA reaches wage agreement with unions, averting strike

File: South African Airways also said that Satawu signed an agreement with the company. Photo: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Airways has announced that it has signed a wage agreement with leading labour unions, thus averting a possible strike.

SAA announced that the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) has formally withdrawn a notice of strike served on its maintenance subsidiary, SAA Technical.

“This means that the threat to cause possible operational instability as a result of industrial action has effectively been removed,” said SAA Spokesperson Tlali Tlali.

Two labour unions, the Aviation Union of Southern Africa and The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa on Friday morning signed an agreement with the employer accepting the revised offer presented by management on Wednesday morning.

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SAA also said that Satawu signed an agreement with the company.

“We are truly encouraged by these developments and are grateful that we never experienced any business continuity glitches during the period when parties were in negotiations,” Tlali said.

“We thank our customers and all stakeholders for their understanding and cooperation, especially in the period after the strike notice was served,” concludes Tlali.


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