Union vows to shut down entire aviation industry

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Union vows to shut down entire aviation industry

Numsa’s vow sparked by ‘provocation by the SAA board and executive management’ during wage strike

Lisa Steyn

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is calling on its members to join a secondary strike with the intent to shutdown SA’s entire aviation industry to force a wage deal with SA Airways (SAA).

About 3,000 workers launched a strike at the national carrier on Friday to demand an 8% increase, the in-sourcing of workers, and a stay of execution on a restructuring plan that will lead to significant job losses.

At a briefing on Sunday, Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said SAA’s refusal to implement various cost-saving measures was proof that it wanted the airline to collapse...

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