NO flights were disrupted at either the Port Elizabeth or East London airports yesterday, the first day of a national SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) strike in the airline industry.
Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) spokeswoman Deborah Francis confirmed the strike by SAA technical members affiliated to Satawu.
"No striking workers will be permitted to demonstrate inside [Acsa's] airport premises across South Africa. Acsa has advised passengers to contact their respective airlines for confirmation of their travel arrangements.
"Safety and operational efficiency remain a key priority for the company," Francis said.
Acsa regional spokesman Colin Naidoo said no flights were delayed or disrupted at the Port Elizabeth and East London airports.
The 1300 Satawu-affiliated workers are demanding a 12% wage increase, while the employer is offering a 6.5% increase plus 0.4%. Satawu national spokesman Vincent Masoga said they met with the employers yesterday but rejected their wage offer.
"We will continue demonstrating, protesting and striking until employers meet our 12% wage demand.
"We met with the employers ... and they offered us a 6.5% wage increase plus 0.5% to go back to work, but we rejected the offer. Our members will not go back to work until the 12% wage demand is met," Masoga said. – Cindy Preller and Mkululi Ndamase