Comair assures customers of uninterrupted service amid staff strike

Workers affiliated to the United Association of South Africa have turned down the latest wage offer.

FILE. Sixty percent of the staff at Kulula and British Airways are refusing to work, demanding a 30 percent increase over three years. Picture: Kulula travel.

JOHANNESBURG - As the Comair workers' strike continues at airports, the company has assured customers there won't be major disruptions to flights this week.

Sixty percent of the staff at Kulula and British Airways are refusing to work, demanding a 30 percent increase over three years.

Workers affiliated to the United Association of South Africa (Uasa) have turned down the latest offer.

Comair says it has locked-out workers, which means they won't be allowed near the company's offices.

It says this is to protect their interests.

CEO Erik Venter says the union has been granted picketing rights by Airport Company South Africa at OR Tambo International, Cape Town, King Shaka, Port Elizabeth and George Airports.

"We're 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 however continue using the online check-in as well as the self-service check-in at airport - just to improve efficiency."

Salary negotiations started last November, but reached a deadlock at the beginning of the year.