Yesterday night, the management of the South African Airways announced that most of their domestic, regional, and international flights on Friday and Saturday had to be cancelled due to the upcoming strike.
“Customers are requested not to travel to their departure airport unless in possession of a rebooked itinerary,” the statement read.
As reported earlier, the South African Airways Cabin Crew Association (SACAA) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) decided to arrange the “Mother of all strikes” in response to the airline’s planned retrenchment of almost a fifth of their workers. The strike notice served to the airline claims that 3, 000 union members, including the cabin crew, check-in staff and technical staff, would participate as of 04:00am on Friday.
It is reported that the strike will only affect the flights operated by the SAA. Flights operated on its partner airlines Mango, SA Express, Airlink and all codeshare partners will not be affected.
The affected passengers are offered to rebook any other SAA flight until 31st October 2020 at no extra charge or cancel their trip with a full refund (including taxes).
According to the SAA acting CEO Zuks Ramasia, any strike would endanger the future of the airline and threaten all jobs.
“We have made repeated overtures to the unions to acknowledge the severity of the situation in which we find ourselves in and to work hand in hand with us to try and avert a worsening situation,” she advised. “The strike is going to exacerbate rather than ameliorate our problem, and will result in a set of circumstances from which there may well be no recovery.”