Comair ‘locks out’ striking airport staff

Comair says it has no option but to lock out staff in order to protect the company's interests.

FILE. British Airways' Boeing 737-800 (front) alongside their new A380 airbus (back). Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Comair has locked out its striking airport staff working for British Airways and Kulula after the union turned down its latest offer.

Four hundred workers affiliated to the United Association of South Africa (Uasa), which make up 60 percent of Comair's staff, have been on strike since Wednesday over salary disputes.

The employer made a new wage offer to staff on Friday, which was rejected.

Comair says it has no option but to lock out staff in order to protect the company's interests.

CEO Erik Venter says, "We are securing replacement staff to assist with the shifts. Operations are still running smoothly and we've had no major disruptions to flights. We do encourage our passengers to continue using online and self-service check ins at the airports."