The SA Cabin Crew has embarked on a strike when they downed tools on Wednesday. Musa Zwane, Acting CEO, South African Airways says that the cabin crew last received an increase of 11% in 2011.
The whole issue of this meal allowance is not a bargaining matter but a consultation matter.— Musa Zwane, Acting CEO, South African Airways
Zwane says in the last five years they have met and negotiated with all four unions at SAA.
Some unions will prioritise certain things over others.— Musa Zwane, Acting CEO, South African Airways
Zwane goes on to say that you may find that the meal allowance issue did not take precedence when it was first tabled. He says because an agreement was never reached between the airline and trade union, South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) who then decided to escalate the matter to the CCMA.
We have been engaging since Friday with the union to try and reach an agreement.— Musa Zwane, Acting CEO, South African Airways
This also led to an emergency board meeting that was held on Tuesday evening.— Musa Zwane, Acting CEO, South African Airways
He says the union rejected the boards proposal after the late meeting, which then lead to Wednesday's strike. Zwane adds that the board has requested two months for negations with the trade unions.
Employees affiliated to the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) are demanding a $170 (R2,222.80) a day meal allowance when travelling overseas.
SAA was granted an interdict against striking cabin crew workers shortly before this interview went on air.
For the full interview listen to the audio below: