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Employees initially demanded a 15% wage increase, but have now agreed on 6%.
The airline issued a statement yesterday (October 4), stating that since the notice was served, management obtained a revised mandate from the Board of Directors and met with the three labour unions (SATAWU, UASA and NUMSA) to present a revised offer to the unions. The offer was not immediately rejected and the unions requested time to consult with their members.
The airline added that, while the company appreciates the demand for salary increases, this must be done being mindful of current financial constraints the company is facing and such demands must be tested against affordability and sustainability principles in wage negotiations.
Satawu’s aviation co-ordinator Matthew Ramosie was quoted as saying that new demands for 2017-2018 already have to be submitted in December with negotiations due should to start in January. “So they thought probably to defer or take a compromised position,” said Ramosie.