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SAA in talks with Satawu to avert strike

Satawu wanted to go on strike on Wednesday morning but was asked to suspend its plans pending new wage talks.

FILE: A South African Airways flight takes off as another one is parked in a bay on the tarmac at OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) says it has made a new wage offer to the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) which is now waiting for feedback from members.

Satawu wanted to go on strike on Wednesday morning but was asked to suspend its plans pending new wage talks.

The union is demanding a 15% increase, while the employer is offering 3%.

Acting SAA CEO Musa Zwane said: “We have improved our offer to them and they are currently consulting with their members and we are awaiting feedback from them this afternoon.”

If Satawu decides to go ahead with the strike, planes won't be able to operate as SAA Technical is the sole provider of the services needed for liftoff.