SA union threatens aviation sector strike
Unions say SAA workers are tired of being made scapegoats for successive management failures
The union behind the two-day strike at South African Airways (SAA) has threatened to shut down the whole aviation sector after talks with the state-run carrier ended without a deal.
SAA was forced to cancel hundreds of flights on Friday and Saturday, saying the crippling strike action cost it 50m rand ($3.4m, £2.6m) a day.
The National Union of Metalworkers said it was now consulting with other airlines about a possible second strike.
The union has filed a court application to have the technical board of SAA declared “delinquent”.
Workers are demanding an 8% pay rise and want the airline to drop plans to cut more than 900 jobs.
SAA has operated at a loss for the past eight years and has been kept afloat by successive government bailouts.