South Africa Unions Threaten To ‘Shut Down’ Aviation Sector

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South African unions on Sunday called on all aviation workers to join striking South African Airways staff after the cash-strapped airline failed to meet their demands.

The country’s embattled flag carrier has been losing 52 million rand ($3.5 million) per day since more than 3,000 workers started an open-ended strike on Friday — forcing the airline to cancel hundreds of flights.

Talks with unions ended without resolution on Saturday, prompting threats of further action.

Unions first threatened to strike after SAA announced this week that almost 1,000 employees could lose their jobs as part of a restructuring process.

Talks with management deadlocked after they failed to agree on wage hikes, prompting unions to press on with their threats.
SAA is offering a 5.9 per cent pay rise, while unions are demanding an eight per cent across-the-board hike and a three-year guarantee of job security.

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