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strike thumb medium85 85TimesLIVE reports that air travellers in SA have been warned to pack their own lunch boxes on Monday.  The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) warned on Sunday that there would be no food or catering services on several airlines and in airport lounges due to threatened strike action.  

"The strike will affect OR Tambo airport, Cape Town international and King Shaka in Durban.  We advise that if you intend to fly on certain airlines tomorrow [Monday] please pack a 'skhaftin' [lunch box] because there will no food or catering on the flight," said Numsa spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola.  She said that flights that would be affected included SAA, SA Express, SA Airlink, Mango Airlines, Air Mauritius and Swiss Airlines.  Air Chefs is a subsidiary of SAA.  Airline spokesman Tlali Tlali confirmed a notice to strike had been received, but said contingency plans were in place to ensure there was "minimal to no impact" on operations.  Air Chefs has reportedly gone to court to interdict the strike.  The union said workers were "fed up" after anniversary bonuses were withdrawn by management.  "From January 2019 to date, no employee has received it and our members are demanding that the company must pay it because it is part of their benefit of employment," said Hlubi-Majola.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nonkululeko Njilo at TimesLIVE

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