International flights and limited regional flights airborne: SAA

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Acting SAA Chief Executive Officer Zuks Ramasia says all international flights and a limited number of regional flights are back in the air, despite the strike.

Workers embarked on a strike last Friday over wages and possible retrenchments.

Ramasai says more flight attendants and ground crew are back at work.

She says while unions continue to demand an 8% salary increase, the carrier remains unmoved at 5.9% from March 2020.

SAA CFO Deon Fredericks says the organisation is simply not in a position to afford the 8% wage increase demanded by unions.

Fredericks says, “It will cost this company an additional R240 million over the next three years and as you would appreciate, the most critical part of the turnaround of the company will be in the next two years. We’ve indicated to the unions that currently we can’t afford it, but if we want to structure something in the later years we are very open to do that.”

Ramasia says negotiations with unions will continue.

Watch the media briefing below: