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ComairTimesLIve reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) will meet Comair management at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Thursday in a bid to avert a looming wage strike.  

The parties have deadlocked in negotiations over salaries, with the trade union demanding a salary increase of 12%, a guaranteed 13th cheque, a travelling allowance, extra shop stewards and a number of other improvements in conditions.  Comair operates and manages British Airways and Kulula in SA.  It has 2,206 South African employees, 373 of whom are Numsa members.  Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola accused the airline of refusing to pay workers "equal pay for work of equal value" and stated:  "There is a significant gap between the salaries of white workers and African workers who do the same work."  Comair has advised passengers that it was implementing contingency measures and was working around the clock to break the deadlock.

  • Read the full original report by Nico Gous at TimesLive

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