South African Airways (SAA) said it was canceling 200-odd flights on Friday and Saturday following a strike brought by following a strike called by unions over the cash-strapped national carrier’s retrenchment plan.
The state-owned airline on Monday announced a restructuring procedure that could influence 944 workers and “lead to work misfortunes”.
“South African Airways has asked passengers who had been booked to travel on all its domestic, regional and international flights on Friday and Saturday not to turn up at airports,” the carrier said in a statement late Thursday.
SAA representative Tlali enlightened AFP regarding 200 flights that would be canceled more than two days.
The airline, which utilizes in excess of 5,000 laborers, is one of the greatest in Africa, with a fleet of more than 50 airships giving many local, provincial and European flights every day.
But the company is somewhere down underwater, notwithstanding a few government bailouts, and has not recorded a benefit since 2011.
More than 3,000 specialists, including lodge group, registration, ticket deals, technical and ground staff, are relied upon to partake in the open-finished strike from Friday, the unions said.
The unions are pressing for a three-year guarantee of job security and an eight percent across-the-board wage hike.
Pilots – who are not participating in the strike – have accepted a 5.9-percent increase, they said.
The unions said “inflated contracts” outsourcing work was “crippling SAA’s finances (and) literally bleeding SAA dry every day.”
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced in February that the government would reimburse the company’s R9.2-billion debt over the next three years.