Mango airline flight crew will go on strike from 5am on Monday after negotiations collapsed, trade union Solidarity has confirmed.
Solidarity represent 95 percent of the pilots at Mango airline. Solidarity met Mango's management on Sunday to try to reach a possible settlement in salary negotiations on behalf of its members, which include flight captains and first officers, Solidarity deputy general secretary Deon Reyneke said on Sunday night.
“Notwithstanding the reality that Mango pilots are paid significantly less than the industry standard, management showed no interest whatsoever to negotiate with its employees," he said.
"Mango’s management would not give an inch, confirming that it would not revisit its initial offer of six percent, while the trade union was prepared to adjust its mandate in a bid to let negotiations succeed,” Reyneke said.
Although Solidarity had given management four days’ notice of the intended strike – a period longer than the required notice period – management was initially not even inclined to meet Solidarity.