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South African Airways Workers Go on Strike

Cabin crew and other workers at South African Airways would strike over the airline’s refusal of salary hikes and its plan to cut more than 900 jobs in an attempt to stem severe financial losses.

A plane belonging to South African Airways. Photography: Klaus Brandmaier / Flickr.

South African Cabin Crew Association and the National Union of Metal Workers of South  Africa  (NUMSA) represented 3,000 out of 5,000 South African Airways staff.

The president of the South African Cabin Crew Association, Zazi Nsibanyoni-Anyiam, made the announcement at a press briefing with other related labour union on Wednesday.

The union leaders agree to embark on the strike by 02:00 GMT on Friday.

“We are left with no choice but to resort to this drastic action by withdrawing our labour and going on strike,” Zazi Nsibanyoni-Anyiam stated.

The South African Airways in a press release on Wednesday stated that the airline expected the strike would cause maximum disruptions to its operations.

“South African Airways (SAA) regrets to advise all customers that we been served with notification by the South African Airways Cabin Crew Association (SACAA) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) of their intention to embark on a strike effective Friday, 15 November 2019.”

South African Airways (SAA) is South Africa’s national flag carrier airline and most awarded air carrier in Africa.  Headquartered in Airways Park at O.R Tambo International Airport, the airline operates a hub  and spokenetwork, linking over 40 local and international destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and Oceania from its base at Johannesburg International Airport, using a fleet of more than 40 aircraft. South Airways Group employs more than 10,000 people.

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