South Africa: strike puts the State carrier on its knees
Today meeting with the Minister of Public Enterprises
The South African Public Enterprises Minister will meet the South African Airways (SAA) carrier unions on strike for five days. The purpose of the meeting is to resolve the protests that caused the cancellation of hundreds of flights from Friday with a cost of 3.36 million dollars a day. The interruption of work that is putting at risk the survival of the air company, which does not make profits since 2011, depends on State bailouts and has warned passengers of possible cancellations of flights between today and tomorrow. The Unions have also threatened to extend the action to the entire South African aviation industry.
Irvin Jim, general secretary of the National Union for Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), which called the demonstration alongside South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA), confirmed the meeting with Minister Pravin Gordhan.
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