SAA employees to strike

SAA said contingency plans are in place to avoid any disruptions.

SAA says it has plans to minimise inconvenience during a planned strike tomorrow. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) passengers are bracing themselves for flight disruptions on Friday.

The National Transport Movement (NTM) said it was ready to push ahead with a strike by SAA employees at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport.

The four-month-old union claims it represents enough workers at the airline to be granted organisational rights.

It also demanded recognition from the parastatal.

NTM national coordinator Stone Kolotsi said they represent about 1,400 SAA employees who will go on strike from midnight.

"It will be a full-blown strike up until the time SAA grants us full organisational rights."

SAA spokesperson Tladi Tladi said, "We have activated our contingency plans to avoid disruptions."

NTM plans to picket at Airways Park from Friday morning.

The union called on its members at other airports to join in the mass action.