Johannesburg - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa has vowed to defend its right to strike at Comair when it challenges the airline's attempt to interdict its planned job boycott at the Labour Court on Thursday morning.
Numsa served the domestic airline with a 48-hour notice to strike on Tuesday over a wage dispute. If it goes ahead, the strike will begin at 1 pm on Thursday.
However Comair, which operates as a low-cost carrier under its own kulula.com brand as well as operating domestic routes as a British Airways franchisee, has approached the Labour Court to interdict the strike which it says is illegal. The matter has been set down for 10 am.
The dispute relates to salary anomalies for 21 employees hired prior to 2009 who are being paid higher than the agreed salary scale. Numsa represents just over 50 percent of Comair's 700 airport ground staff out of a total staff complement of 2 200.
In a statement, the union said Comair wanted to interdict the strike because it was worried it would have a major impact on its operations and profits during the busy Easter weekend.