Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
Powered by cricketnext logo
News18 » World
1-min read

S Africa Unions Threaten to 'Shut Down' Aviation Sector After Cash-strapped Airline Fails to Meet Demands

The country's embattled flag carrier has been losing 52 million rand (USD 3.5 million) per day since more than 3,000 workers started an open-ended strike on Friday.

AFP

Updated:November 17, 2019, 6:09 PM IST
facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp
S Africa Unions Threaten to 'Shut Down' Aviation Sector After Cash-strapped Airline Fails to Meet Demands
Image for representation only

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

The country's embattled flag carrier has been losing 52 million rand (USD 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. "In response to this deliberate provocation by the SAA board and its executive management, (the) NUMSA (metalworkers' union) is in the process of consulting workers for a secondary strike in aviation," NUMSA spokeswoman Phakamile Hlubi-Majola told reporters in front of the SAA headquarters in Johannesburg.

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 percent pay rise, while unions are demanding an eight percent across-the-board hike and a three-year guarantee of job security. "We are fighting against retrenchment, corruption and privatisation," said Hlubi-Majola, speaking at a media briefing broadcast on local television.

She told journalists discussions with SAA subsidiaries, South Africa's airport management company and airline service providers were underway. "The secondary strike will have the impact of shutting down the entire aviation sector," said Hlubi-Majola.

SAA did not immediately respond to AFP's requests for comment. The company — one of the biggest airlines in Africa — is deep in debt and has not posted a profit since 2011, despite several government bailouts.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp

Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results