New union protests at OR Tambo

The newly formed National Transport Movement are protesting outside Airways Park at OR Tambo.

NTM members protest in the rain outside OR Tambo International Airport on 18 January 2013. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) employees, who belong to the new transport union are on Friday protesting outside Airways Park at OR Tambo International Airport.

They have accused Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba of being behind the refusal to grant them organisational rights.

The union claims to represent enough employees to be recognised by the airline and said Gigaba is favouring rival union South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu).

The National Transport Movement union (NTM)'s National Coordinator Stone Kolotsi said, "What we know is that Malusi Gigaba told them they don't have to recognise us."

But SAA's Tlali Tlali rubbished the claims.

"We are under now instruction to refuse to grant NTM recognition."