Workers at the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) will today strike for higher wages after management and union SATAWU failed to reach any agreement on the subject despite five month of talks.
The authority says the strike should be limited to about 186 of its 433 employees and will not affect air traffic management, airport security or passengers.
It will, however, affect services such as the printing of licences, certificates and related documents.
“However we will notify industry if such delays are anticipated. Management has put in place plans to ensure that there are no disruption to the ongoing provision of services even if the strike is prolonged.”
SACAA says the notice of intention to strike was served at 5.30pm on Wednesday, meaning workers can down tools from 5.30pm today. “Practically it will take effect only from Monday as per 48-hour requirement,” the authority says in a statement. The principle of “no-work, no-pay” will apply.
Talks between the SA Transport & Allied Workers Union and management deadlocked over management’s offer of an across-the-board 9% salary increase, as opposed to the 14% the union wanted. After the union rejected the proposal, the company reverted to its previous offer of 7%. Following a conciliation process on July 2, a certificate of non-resolution was the issued. A meeting on Thursday afternoon, which the SACAA had hoped would avert the strike, proved fruitless.
“Throughout the negotiation process management has been applying the principle of fairness and will always be available for discussions that can lead to an amicable and speedy resolution of the impasse,” Ledwaba said.