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South African authority confirms impending industrial action

12-Jul-2010 9:23 AM

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) confirmed (08-Jul-2010) it has been locked in wage negotiations with South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) members for five months. Of the two recognised unions at SACAA, management has reached a deadlock with SATAWU. SACAA initially offered a 7% increase, while unions pushed for a 14% across-the-board rise. SACAA has since increased its offer to a 9% salary increase for bargaining unit employees, coupled with conditions. The counter-offer was rejected by the unions, resulting in a deadlock from 02-Jul-2010. Following the conciliation process, a certificate of non-resolution was issued by the CCMA, affording labour the right to embark on a protected strike while management also has recourse to a protected lock-out. SACAA was served a 48-hour strike notice on 07-Jul-2010, meaning strike action may now be initiated. Operational air traffic, security and passenger functions will not be affected.  [more]