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SAA Technical and the Aviation Union of Southern Africa Sign Wage Deal

JOHANNESBURG, 28 August 2013. South African Airways Technical (SAAT), the maintenance subsidiary of the national carrier, South African Airways (SAA), has concluded a wage deal with the Aviation Union of Southern Africa (AUSA), which represents a large portion of engineers and technical staff at SAAT. The deal, which was signed earlier today (Wednesday, 28 August 2013) means that SAAT and the airline will be able to continue with operations with minimal, if any disruptions.

The wage agreement is for a period of one year. The settlement entails 6,5% on total cost to company; 0,5% once-off payment and a further 1% increase for technicians flowing from the previous year’s wage agreement.

This afternoon the company met with the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) with the hope of reaching an agreement that would lead to their 752 members returning to their posts. The two parties will meet again tomorrow afternoon to continue with negotiations. The company reiterates its desire to have all employees back at their posts as soon as possible. Returning to work is also in the interest of the striking employees as the no-work no-pay principle applies. A strike for up to seven (7) days could take employees years to recoup their lost remuneration and may never do so, depending on the settlement increase.

Only two flights affected by the strike

SAA confirms that out of the 47 departures out of OR Tambo International Airport (i.e. between 06:00AM and 16:00PM) only two flights were delayed as a direct result of the strike. The two flights were SA064 (Johannesburg to Lusaka) and SA559 (Johannesburg to Durban). The delays were for seven (7) minutes and 14 (fourteen) respectively.

The airline also confirms that it has applied for an interdict which is meant to address unruly, intimidating and unlawful behavior by SATAWU members during picketing contrary to the picketing rules agreed to and the applicable laws. Contrary to assertions by SATAWU, the interdict is not intended to stop the strike as this is a protected strike.


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About SAA
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.
For more information contact:
SAA Group Corporate Affairs
Tlali Tlali
Executive: Group Corporate Affairs
Tel: +27 11 978 3819
Mobile: +27 82 333 3880

Kabelo Ledwaba
Communication Manager(External)
Tel: +27 11 978 2760
Mobile: +27 83 414 4720

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