South African Airways Technical calls off wage negotiations with SATAWU
JOHANNESBURG, 29 August 2013. South African Airways Technical (SAAT) has called off, with immediate effect, wage negotiations talks with the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU). The decision to call off the negotiations is a result of the striking SATAWU members’ disregard of the picketing rules and intensified unruly behaviour.
Since yesterday, striking SATAWU members were involved in erratic acts of intimidation, trespassing and damage to property. Earlier today, close to 150 SATAWU members were picketing outside of the SAA Technical entrance. The group then decided to divert their aggression towards innocent members of the public by going on a ‘drive slow’ on Jones Road that leads to SAA and SAA Technical premises. Occasionally, the group would park their vehicles in the road thus negatively affecting traffic flow on Jones Road. This has had a temporary effect on the access to the two entities. Alternative access points have been arranged.
SAA’s Group Security department has also received reports of severe intimidation of passing motorists and alleged assault of members of the public and employees of the company. The company will take the necessary disciplinary steps in dealing with these incidences.
SAAT has successfully applied for an interdict which will strengthen the law enforcement agencies’ ability in dealing with any acts of criminality associated with the picketers.
This behaviour by SATAWU protesters is unacceptable and SAAT management cannot continue to engage with the union until such time that the union ends disobedience of picketing rules. This disorderly behaviour, which is directed at innocent members of the public and employees of the company, is a clear act of desperation by SATAWU. The strike action has had no noticeable impact on SAAT and SAA’s operations. The contingency plans will continue to be in place in order to ensure minimal, if any, disruptions to airline’s operations. To date, SAA flight delays as a direct result of the strike have on average been three (3) per day.
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South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 26 destinations across the continent, as well as major destinations within South Africa and internationally from its Johannesburg hub. It is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance. SAA’s core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA and its four wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low cost carrier; Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA and South African Travel Centre (SATC). SAA is the winner of the 'Best Airline in Africa’ Award in the regional category for eleven consecutive years. Mango and SAA hold the number one and number two successive spots as South Africa’s most on-time airlines.
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