Sinesipho Schrieber
2 minute read
19 Nov 2019
6:00 am

Strikes will drag firms, economy down with SAA – economist

Sinesipho Schrieber

'It is important for SAA and the unions to find common ground before throwing yet another weight on an already battling economy, economist Varaidzo Shayanewako said.

Striking South African Airways (SAA) workers protest at an entrance to Cape Town International Airport, South Africa 18 November 2019. Picture: EPA-EFE / NIC BOTHMA

If unions carry out their threats to bring the entire South African aviation sector to a halt, it will have international and domestic ramifications. The threats, made by National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca), came as South African Airways (SAA) geared up for legal action after a statement made by the unions that the national carrier was unsafe and operated with inexperienced staff. The unions called upon their sister unions and the entire aviation industry to join them in the strike, should SAA fail yet again to deliver on their demands...