South African Airways cabin crew begin strike

South African Airways

Cabin crew at South African Airways (SAA) went on strike on Wednesday over pay benefits, a top workers’ union at the state-owned carrier said.

The strike disrupted domestic flights and threatened to extend the walkout to international routes.

The South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) said that its nearly 1,400 in-flight workers would down tools indefinitely.

President of SACCA, Zazi Nsibanyoni-Anyiam,said that the workers, who represent around 80 per cent of SAA’s cabin crew, had not received pay increases for six years.

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“We will be here until the company puts an offer on the table. We think what we are asking for is reasonable,” Nsibanyoni-Anyiam said from a picket outside O.R. Tambo Airport in Johannesburg.

SAA said that the strike had already delayed flights out of the airport, which handles around 19 million passengers a year.

It added that the strike would affect flights from its coastal airports.

SAA is reliant on government debt guarantees of almost 20 billion rand ($1.52 billion). 

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