Grounding South Africa’s Airline Company

South Africa’s unions have disrupted operations of the country’s state-owned airline as it protests widespread job cuts in various government-controlled sectors. State airline South African Airways (SAA) cancelled “nearly all” flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday because of a strike over wage increases planned by a majority of employees. Unions representing about 3,000 of its 5,000-strong workforce said on Wednesday that cabin crew and other workers at SAA would strike over the airline’s refusal of salary hikes and its plan to cut more than 900 jobs in an attempt to stem severe financial losses. According to the report, only flights directly operated by SAA would be affected. Flights by subsidiaries Mango, SA Express and SA Air Link, as well as those of private operators, would not be affected.

SOURCE: REUTERS AFRICA

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