South African Airways Reaches Deal to End Strike

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South African Airways (SAA) reached a deal on wages with two trade unions on Friday to end an eight-day strike that has weighed on the cash-strapped state airline, Reuters has confirmed.

Already reliant on government handouts to survive, SAA had to suspend hundreds of flights after the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) walked out on Nov. 15.

The airline said it might not make salary payments this month.

SAA on Friday said the unions had agreed to a 5.9% wage hike retroactive to April, to be paid from next February if sufficient funds were available.

Consultations on planned job cuts have been deferred until Jan 31, it said.

 

This article was first published on Reuters

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