SAA Satawu members back at work after reaching agreement

SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) members have returned to work at SAA’s technical division.

“The company and Satawu yesterday signed an agreement on the terms of returning to work, with effect from today,” spokesperson Tlali Tlali said in a statement.

Satawu spokesperson Vincent Masoga said SAA’s no work, no pay policy had forced members to return to work.

“They have already lost 15 days’ (worth of pay),” he said.

Solidarity and the the Aviation Union of SA accepted a 5.6% wage increase with a once-off payment of half-a-percent.

Satawu sought to hold further negotiations with SAA on behalf of its members, Masoga said.

Tlali said: “The employer will not differentiate between employees when it comes to wage increases on the basis of which unions they are affiliated to.”

Staff who did the same work would receive the same increase, irrespective of their union.

“The company will now unilaterally implement the increase.”

Tlali said SAA was grateful to those staff members who had made sacrifices to ensure the airline’s operations continued as normally as possible.

“The company would like to thank the law-enforcement agencies and all stakeholders for (the) cooperation and understanding they demonstrated during this challenging period,” he said.

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