Union hopeful it can reach wage agreement with Comair

Workers are demanding a 35 percent increase, over three years, while Comair is only offering 22.5 percent.

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JOHANNESBURG - Workers from Comair's bargaining unit have announced that they will stage a picket at the company's head office in Bonaero Park, east of Johannesburg, tomorrow.

The workers affiliated to trade union, the United Association of South Africa (Uasa), downed tools this afternoon, over salaries.

They're demanding a 35 percent increase, over three years.

Comair is only offering 22.5 percent increase.

Uasa's Jannem Goussard says, "The strike is related to salary negotiations, where the parties have deadlocked and have not been able to bridge that gap to date. We are just hopeful that the company and ourselves can reach an agreement as soon as possible [sic]."

Yesterday, the Uasa sent out a 48-hour strike notice to the employer, demanding higher wages.

Comair and workers could not reach an agreement during annual wage negotiations, facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).