South African Airways has canceled all its domestic, regional, and international flights for the weekend. NUMSA and SA Cabin Crew Association has called on a strike of about 3000 people over the course of the weekend, 15-17 November 2019.

Tladi Tladi said that SAA has been negotiating with the unions as there will be strikes by employees.

The General Secretary of NUMSA, stated that " the strikes will resume and we will make sure that if a platform for negotiations has been open, we will do our best to go with an open mind".

He also added that if they had to cut costs of unnecessary projects such as with Shell, who he claims "are looting the state," more money would be available to workers. "The strike will be an indefinite strike until all our demands are met," he further added.

These demands include higher wages of 8%. SAA has only offered 5.9% , which the union has deemed as "riduliculous" and will not be accepted.

SAA has received a R9.2 Billion bailout from treasury as well as a further R5.2 Billion for its debt repayment plan. Banks have also pledged a further R2 Billion in working capital in the year 2019 alone. Trouble seems far from over for the SAA as it is flying high in debt rather than performance.

Written by Tevin NKS
Edited by Tevin NKS