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South African Airways strike ends

South African Airways

South African Airways reached an agreement with two unions ending a week-long strike.

Hundreds of flights have been affected during the wage strike.

“The CCMA is pleased to announce that the wage dispute between the South African Airways (SAA) and the SACCA and NUMSA unions has been resolved,” the CCMA announced.

“The mediation process that resumed on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, resulted in the signing of an agreement at noon today, November 22, 2019,” he concluded in a statement quoted by local media.

The powerful Numsa union and the Cabin Workers Association of South Africa, together represent 3,000 airline workers, accepted a 5.9% salary increase. The raise will be retroactive to April and begin in February.

However, this increase is subject to the airline having sufficient funds on hand.

“SAA will operate with almost full normal on Saturday, November 23, 2019,” the company confirmed in a statement, since “on Sunday, November 24, 2019, SAA expects to function in its entirety as usual.”

Negotiations regarding layoffs of 900 workers will begin January 31.

South African Airways estimates the strike has cost 3.4 million dollars a day.