November 14, 2019 / 8:05 AM / a month ago

S.Africa's SAA to offer striking employees revised wage hike at emergency meeting

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 14 (Reuters) - South African Airlines (SAA) said on Thursday it would offer unions a revised wage increase in a bid to avert a strike that has forced the airline to cancel domestic and international flights scheduled for Friday.

“We have a meeting scheduled for today at 2 o’clock and we are hopeful we will be able to resolve the issue ... It will include all the unions ... and if the meeting yields positive results we will then activate some of contingency plans that will allow us to reinstate flights,” said SAA spokesman Tlali Tlali in a live interview on news channel eNCA.

Unions representing about 3,000 of SAA’s 5,000-strong workforce said on Wednesday that cabin crew and other workers at SAA would strike over the airline’s refusal of salary hikes and a plan to cut more than 900 jobs. (Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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