Saftu joins SAA strikers, calls for secondary strike across industry

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Saftu joins SAA strikers, calls for secondary strike across industry

Protesters outside SAAs Airlines Park in Kempton Park, 19 November 2019. Picture: Neil McCartney

‘We are fighting against retrenchment, corruption and privatisation. We will not accept retrenchments until the looting of SAA is thoroughly dealt with.’

As the crippling labour action at SA Airways (SAA) continues, the central committee of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) will this morning descend on OR Tambo International Airport to picket in solidarity with striking workers. The strike, led by the Saftu-affiliated National Metalworkers’ Union of South Africa (Numsa), was sparked by SAA staff demanding higher wages and resisting planned job cuts. Today marks the sixth day of the strike. The struggling state-owned airline, which is reliant on billions in government bailouts, has cancelled flights. SAA acting chief financial officer Deon Fredericks warned the crisis could adversely affect negotiations...




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