JOHANNESBURG, Despite operations at South African Airways(SAA) returning to normal after members of the South African Cabin Crew Association(SACCA) were ordered by a court to return to work, the SACCA said its legal team was working on a review of the interdict against the company.
On Wednesday, around 200 flight attendants gathered outside the SAA head office in Kempton Park here in protest against the low international meal allowances they were being paid. but an interdict was granted to SAA by the Labour Court to stop the strike.
“Our members have returned to work to respect the law, and our legal team is drafting the review we are just not sure when it will be ready,” SACCA President Zazi Sibanyoni-Mugambi said Thursday.
Flight attendants are asking for a 170 US dollars international meal allowance, an increase from the 130 USD which they have been receiving for the past six years.
The SAA’s affidavit said that the strike was unprotected and it requested that an order be granted by the court to restrain employees from participating in the strike. The application also requested that an order be made for SACCA to desist from encouraging and promoting participation in the strike.
“We are still asking the company to come to the table and talk, we are ready to resolve this and if not we will continue and go back to the streets if management doesn’t want to engage with us,” Sibanyoni-Mugambi said.
SAA said in a statement Wednesday that 32 flights were cancelled in total — 28 domestic, three regional and one international flight. The airline said its Board of Directors was committed to further engaging with SACCA through a facilitated dispute resolution process over the next two months.
“We are hoping that we will be able to come to an amicable agreement with the union that accommodates Cabin Crew concerns while protecting the financial sustainability of the airline, even before the court date in June,” SAA said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK