JOHANNESBURG – Talks between South African Airways (SAA) management and striking workers have collapsed.
Union leaders briefed the media and workers after the parties met on Saturday in an attempt to resolve the strike which began on Friday.
Workers are demanding an 8%wage increase while SAA is offering 5.9%.
According to the National Union for Metalworkers of South Africa’s (Numsa) Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, unions and the national carrier have failed to find each other.
Numsa and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have warned they will intensify the strike across all SAA departments.
“If you have workers at the Civil Aviation Authority on strike, it means that none of the planes are going to fly. It’s not just SAA, its all planes”, said Hlubi-Majola.
The struggling state owned airline says its working around the clock to introduce additional capacity on the domestic network.