SACAA strike comes to an end


The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) have reached a wage agreement that has ended a five day strike at the aerospace regulator.

SACAA has agreed to a 9.5% salary increase for the 2010/11 financial year, backdated to April 1. “Both parties further undertook to finalise discussions regarding performance based increases before the end of August 2010, the authority said in a statement.

Talks between the SATAWU and SACAA management deadlocked last week after the authority offered 9% as opposed to the 14% the union wanted. After the union rejected the proposal, the company reverted to its previous offer of 7%.
“The SACAA is very pleased that the strike has come to an end, meaning that the authority can continue carrying out its mandate of ensuring safe and secure civil aviation activities,” the statement adds. “Moreover, SACAA management is grateful to all the employees who enabled the SACAA to offer services as per the norm despite the strike action”, said Captain Colin Jordaan, Director of Civil Aviation.

Les than 100 out of 443 employees went on strike and SACAA earlier this week said its activities had not been affected as the bulk of the strikers were support and cleaning staff.