Comair puts contingency plans in place after Numsa strike warning



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The union issued a 48-hour strike warning following the pay gap negotiations last month.

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JOHANNESBURG – The National Metalworkers' Union of South Africa (Numsa) has said it is not giving up its planned strike for equal pay at Comair.

The union issued a 48-hour strike warning following the pay gap negotiations last month.

Numsa is demanding equal pay for all employees who perform the same duties.

The metalworkers' union said it had decided to go on strike after Comair failed to agree on the deadline to implement the union's bid to resolve wage discrepancies.

Numsa's spokesman, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, said: "Why should a group of workers be punished and denied wage increases when management failure led to the creation of this problem?"

Comair's chief executive officer in the company's airline division, Wrenelle Stander, said that despite threats of disruption on Thursday, a plan was implemented.

"I would like to take this opportunity to advise our clients to check in online or use the kiosks at the airport. We will continue to do what we can to prevent a strike, "she said.

The airline said it would continue to talk to Numsa to try to find a mutually acceptable solution.

"Comair will do everything to keep customers informed and minimize the impact of a possible strike. We have implemented contingency plans and volunteers across the company to help limit any disruption, "said Stander.

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