7.12.2019 01:33 pm
Around 200 firefighters have reportedly been dismissed from the City of Johannesburg after an unauthorised strike.
The dismissal is due to an illegal strike by union Demawusa earlier this year, according to a report by eNCA.
16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children was launched by mayor Dan Plato at Athlone Stadium on Saturday.
An agreement between SAA and unions has been reached after a tumultuous week.
Airline board member Martin Kingston highlighted during a 702 interview the magnitude of financial losses due to the continued protests.
He says government will try to see if it’s possible to get assistance for SAA, but this will be dependent on the parties being able to reach some type of understanding.
A revoked alleged offer of 6.5% has resulted in unions serving a notice for secondary strike.
‘We are fighting against retrenchment, corruption and privatisation. We will not accept retrenchments until the looting of SAA is thoroughly dealt with.’
SAA has confirmed some services are operational amid ongoing negotiations between Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and unions.
The opposition MP has approached the CCMA in a bid to have certain aviation-related services declared ‘essential’.
Residents allege that Eskom has cut off their electricity supply unlawfully, and have continued protesting to have supply restored.
The airline has said it’s under pressure to just remain in business.
While some regional and international flights have resumed, domestic flights remain grounded.
Intense clashes on Sunday saw a police officer hit in the leg by an arrow and protesters meet police tear gas with volleys of petrol bombs.
Two transport unions have also been called on to join the action.