SAA reaches deal with striking workers

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A strike by more than 1,000 workers at South African Airways Technical has ended after the airline reached an agreement with the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU).

The airline has offered the same pay deal it agreed with the Aviation Union of Southern Africa a few weeks ago, namely, a 6.5% pay increase, a one-off payment equivalent to 0.5% of their yearly wage and an additional 1% pay rise for technical grade staff backdated to 16 March 2013.

“Although an agreement was reached to end the strike, SATAWU did not have a mandate to accept the above company’s offer. The SAA Group is of the view that employees should not be disadvantaged by the fact that an agreement has not been reached with SATAWU on the salary increase,” the airline says.

“The company therefore wishes to confirm that the increase as stated above will be extended to all permanent employees, including SATAWU members, non-unionised employees and other permanent employees falling within the SAAT bargaining unit,” it adds.

Technical workers at the airline’s Johannesburg OR Tambo International airport base downed tools on 26 August after SATAWU demanded a 12% pay rise for its members.