Unions: Airports could grind to a halt

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Airlines and the Airports Company of South Africa are adamant that sufficient back-up plans are in place to cope with the start of a strike by members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) on Monday.

More than 1 300 employees of SAA technical division are scheduled to down tools from 06:00 on Monday after wage negotiations between the airline and union broke down, reported the Sunday Times.

These union members are responsible for key functions at airports that allow for the landing and take-off of flights. They are responsible for refuelling domestic and international aircraft, certifying planes to be fit for take-off and carrying out minor on-site repairs.

It has been more than 10 years since they last downed tools.

However, the union has warned passengers that the airports would “come to a standstill”.



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