Uasa, Comair to meet with CCMA over wage dispute

Comair workers, have been on strike since last week & have rejected the airline’s three-year wage offer.

A British Airways’ A380 airbus flying over Cape Town. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The United Association of South Africa (Uasa) will be meeting with Comair at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) tomorrow, to continue wage negotiations aimed at ending its strike.

Comair workers have rejected the airline's three year offer of a 23 percent wage hike.

Ground staff workers at five airports throughout the country are still demanding a 30 percent increase.

Uasa's Jannem Goussarde says, "Most of the talks are planned for today, but we are having a meeting with the CCMA tomorrow and the company, to see if we can bridge the gap."

Meanwhile, Comair has assured customers there won't be major disruptions to flights this week.

The company 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."