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numsaANA reports that Comair Limited said on Wednesday a strike planned by ground staff affiliated to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) could not go ahead legally as the CCMA was unable to hear the dispute between the parties until January 2019.  

This was after Numsa announced that workers were preparing to go on strike at international airline Comair from Thursday next week over a 12% wage demand and other improvements to conditions of employment.  Comair operates and manages British Airways (BA) and in SA.  The company employs around 750 people as airport staff.  Wrenelle Stander of Comair's airline division said the company believed the mutual interest dispute was resolvable and approached the CCMA (Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration) to assist in reaching a resolution between the parties.  The CCMA confirmed on Wednesday evening that it could not hear the parties until January 2019, adding that Numsa did not have a certificate to strike at this time.  "Numsa may only embark on a legal strike once the CCMA has mediated and the parties have still failed to reach a resolution.  We are relieved that our customers' travel plans are unlikely to be disrupted over the festive season.  We will continue to engage the union to resolve both issues," Stander said.

  • Read the report by Siphelele Dludla in this regard in full at Business Report
  • Read too, Comair says Numsa strike ‘unlikely’, TimesLive

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