NUMSA plans secondary strike in S.Africa’s aviation industry after SAA talks stall


Workers of South African Airways (SAA) hold placards during a strike over wages and job cuts at SAA headquarters in Kempton Park, South Africa, November 15, 2019. REUTERS/Siyabonga Sishi

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A union that called a strike at South African Airways said on Sunday it was consulting with workers on a secondary strike across the industry after talks with the state-run carrier ended without a deal.

“This secondary strike will have the impact of shutting down the entire aviation sector,” National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) spokeswoman Phakamile Hlubi-Majola told reporters.

Consultations were underway with workers at organisations including the Civil Aviation Authority, Mango Airlines, SA Express, Airports Company South Africa and Comair, she said.

Reporting by Emma Rumney, editing by Louise Heavens

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