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Mango pilots demand salary parity

Solidarity and Mango are waiting for the CCMA to confirm a date for wage negotiations.

Solidarity and Mango are waiting for the CCMA to confirm a date for wage negotiations.

JOHANNESBURG - Trade union Solidarity and Mango Airlines are waiting for the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to confirm a start date for wage negotiations.

Previous talks had deadlocked, prompting the union to issue a strike certificate to the airline.

The wage dispute arose in 2011 when an agreement drawn up by Mango stated its pilots' pay would be in line with other low-cost airlines by 2014.

Solidarity's Marius Croucamp says pilots are still demanding equal salaries.

"Basically, what they're demanding is salary parity compared to other low-cost airlines in in the industry. At this stage they are over 30 percent behind the other low-cost airlines. Parity was promised over three years ago and that process needs to be followed through."