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Numsa threatens strike and advises air travellers to pack a skhafthin’

There are five airlines that will be affected by this proposed strike.


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On Monday, The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has notified those who intend on travelling, that its member’s at Air Chefs have threatened a strike, and flight passengers should bring their own lunch.

The Air Chefs has threatened to undertake a strike if the Labour Court in Johannesburg rules in favour of the union on Monday.

What airports will be affected?

The Cape Town, OR Tambo, and King Shaka international airports are among those that are expected to be affected by the threatened strike.

The members affiliated to Numsa have chosen to threaten a strike after the withdrawal of their anniversary bonuses, which is a benefit employees are entitled to marking the start of their employment term at Air Chefs.

Numsa advises those planning to fly should pack a lunchbox

”South African Airways, SA Express, SA Airlink, Mango Airlines, Air Mauritius, SWISS Airlines, SAA Lounges and canteens, South African Airways Technical canteens will not have any catering or food and this is why as Numsa, we’re advising all those who are intending to fly on any of those airlines to pack a Skhafthin’ or a lunchbox because there will be no catering.”

Numsa Spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majol

What led to the looming Numsa strike?

Since January 2019, the issue of anniversary bonuses not being paid has floated, and workers are disgruntled because the company has not handled the matter with efficiency.

Air Chefs has applied for an urgent court interdict in an attempt to block the strike after they were served with a notice to strike, Numsa Spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, says the union condemns the “backward management” with the contempt it deserves.

Hlubi-Majola further notes that the company has opted to “race to court to silence workers” instead of dealing with the matter first-hand directly with employees.

The union is adamant that its workers will do everything in their power to ensure workers exercise their right to strike, and that air passengers will have to note that canteens and particular airlines won’t have catering services available.

These airlines will be affected by Numsa’s proposed strike:

  • SAA
  • SA Express
  • SA Airlink
  • Mango Airlines
  • Air Mauritius SWISS Airlines

What is Air Chefs?

Air Chefs is a subsidiary of the South African Airways, which has 1 200 employees, the company claims to train employees and provide growth opportunities while offering quality services:

“That’s why hard work, passion and dedication are consistently recognised and rewarded in our company.”

Air Chefs