Union Plans Secondary Larger South African Aviation Strike After SAA Talks Stall

JOHANNESBURG – A union that called a strike at South African Airways said on Sunday it was consulting with workers on a secondary strike across the industry after talks with the state-run carrier ended without a deal.

Workers of South African Airways (SAA) hold placards during a strike over wages and job cuts at SAA headquarters in Kempton Park
Workers of South African Airways (SAA) hold placards during a strike over wages and job cuts at SAA headquarters in Kempton Park, South Africa, November 15, 2019. REUTERS/Siyabonga Sishi

“This secondary strike will have the impact of shutting down the entire aviation sector,” National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) spokeswoman Phakamile Hlubi-Majola told reporters.

Consultations were underway with workers at organisations including the Civil Aviation Authority, Mango Airlines, SA Express, Airports Company South Africa and Comair, she said.

South Africans have meanwhile been reacting to the strike with normal SA humour:


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Posted by SA-People – for South Africans in South Africa and expats on Saturday, November 16, 2019

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Posted by SA-People – for South Africans in South Africa and expats on Friday, November 15, 2019

(Reporting by Emma Rumney, editing by Louise Heavens)