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LABOUR unions at South African Air­ways (SAA) have fi­nally agreed to a 5.9 per­cent wage in­crease fol­low­ing a week-long strike and pro­tracted ne­go­ti­a­tions. Thou­sands of work­ers af­fil­i­ated with the Na­tional Union of Me­tal­work­ers Union of SA and the SA Cabin Crew As­so­ci­a­tion downed tools at SAA last week Fri­day. They were de­mand­ing 8 per­cent salary in­creases across the board, in­sourc­ing of work­ers and job se­cu­rity for at least three years. The air­line can­celled hun­dreds of flights, say­ing the stop­page was cost­ing R50 mil­lion a day and jeop­ar­dis­ing its talks with lenders. SAA spokesper­son Tlali Tlali said fol­low­ing the agree­ment all sched­uled oper­a­tions re­sumed yes­ter­day. “On be­half of SAA, I would like to ex­press our deep re­gret at the in­con­ve­nience caused to our loyal cus­tomers dur­ing this in­dus­trial dis­pute. We will con­tinue to as­sist those pas­sen­gers, that have still not been able to travel, to reach their in­tended des­ti­na­tion as soon as pos­si­ble,” said Philip Saun­ders, SAA’s chief com­mer­cial of­fi­cer. Ac­cord­ing to the agree­ment signed on Fri­day, work­ers who earn less than R1m a year will re­ceive a 5.9 per­cent in­crease, ret­ro­spec­tive from April 1 and be paid on Fe­bru­ary 20 next year. How­ever, these salary in­creases and back pay­ments are sub­ject to funds be­ing ob­tained by SAA. The air­line in­di­cated on Thurs­day that it would not be able to pay some staff salaries on time for Novem­ber. | African News Agency (ANA)

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