JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) said on Tuesday that it has served local airline, Comair, with 48-hour notice to strike.
If it goes ahead, the strike will commence on the Thursday, the day before the Easter weekend begins and will affect all Comair flights nationally. Comair operates kulula.com and all British Airways fights in South Africa.
In December, NUMSA went on strike demanding a salary hike of 12 percent, a guaranteed 13th cheque, travelling allowance, 15 percent of basic salary as a shift allowance, as well as a daily overtime allowance.
The union, whose members frequently downs tools at the airline, said this was over a dispute related to wage disparities at the airline following attempts to resolve the issue with Comair since late last year.
The union wants the employer to immediately bridge the gap between all workers with a wage gap of less than R1,000, do so within 12 months on workers compensation with a wage gap of between R1,000 to R2,000, and withing three years on workers with a gap of more than R5,000.