Why Looming Strike May Affect Airlines In South Africa


If you have to travel on Thursday, factor in some extra time for your journey. Around 700 employees mostly represented by trade union Uasa, are expected to down tools after wage negotiations with Comair failed.

Workers are demanding a 35% increase rather than the 7.5% increase that is being offered, saying they are the lowest paid in the industry.

Services such as the sale of tickets, processing of bags and ramping of aircraft (weighing of the plane for balance) could all be affected.

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At OR Tambo, workers say they get paid around R8500 per month while others are getting around R11 000.

“We start our work as early as 4am. We have to deal with all the attitudes that passengers give us on a daily basis,” an employee who worked for Comair at OR Tambo, who did not want to be named, was quoted as saying by TimesLive.

Comair insists that it has extensive contingency plans in place for “dealing with various potential scenarios”.

Employees at OR Tambo, however, say that it’s not a job who can just be done by anybody. Things like screening luggage for dagerous goods is something that requires some s training.

source: The South African

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