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Comair to seek interdict against Numsa strike, vows flights won't be grounded

The dispute between the union and airline involves 21 workers whose salaries vary from their colleagues.

Picture: facebook.com/Comair.

JOHANNESBURG - Comair says it will seek an interdict in the Labour Court to ground the planned strike by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Thursday and assured its customers no flights would be grounded.

Numsa was granted a certificate of non-resolution by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration after the union and Comair failed to reach an agreement.

The dispute between the union and the airline involves 21 workers whose salaries vary from their colleagues.

Comair spokesperson Wrenelle Stander said the strike might disrupt operations. However, she said the company needed to ensure that operations continue by using multiple approaches.

“We will engage with Numsa, we will put in place contingency plans. But at the same time, we’ll have the interdict in place.

“Flights will definitely not be grounded. We have deployed a number of volunteers from across the organisation into the operation. So, tomorrow we’re going to have Comair staff from across the business assisting to make sure that the flights depart tomorrow and for the entire period of the strike,” said Stander.

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