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SAA cabin crew picket outside airline offices, here’s why

The South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) picketed outside SAA offices against alleged unfair working conditions.

South African Airways SAA

South African Airways. Image via Adobe Stock

The South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) picketed outside the airline’s Kempton Park offices on Tuesday morning 12 October against alleged unfair working conditions, 35% wage cuts and the structure of South African Airway’s (SAA) management.

The protest action comes at least three weeks after the airline took to the skies after being grounded for 18 months due to a combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and a business rescue process.

“SAA [interim] CEO, Thomas Kgokolo, spent a lot of time with staffing groups prior to restart and recognises the hard work and dedication that cabin crew members have shown in the time leading to the carrier’s relaunch and thanks staff in this respect. The airline looks forward to positive and strengthening relationship with the SACCA and is always open to constructive dialogue,” the airline said in a statement.

SAA: WE CONSULTED WITH ALL STAKEHOLERS

SAA said all unions were consulted about the future of the airline during the business rescue process.

However, the airline also said it was not able to respond to the association’s grievances prior to agreements reached before the business rescue process.

“While SAA recognises and respects the rights of people to protest, the carrier is not able to revert to prior agreements reached before business rescue. SAA notes the protest action by SACAA on a dispute with regards to terms and conditions of employment,” said the airline.

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NO FLIGHTS WILL BE INTERRUPTED, SAA ASSURES CUSTOMERS

SAA further said it was confident that all new agreements reached with parties, such as stakeholders and staff members, were negotiated fairly and equitably.

The airline said that the picket did not affect its day-to-day work and flights were continuing as scheduled.

 “SAA assures its customers that business continues unhindered and operational schedules are unaffected by this protest,” it said.