Flight delays as SAA cabin crews embark on strike over meal allowances

APRIL 26, 2017
Flight delays as SAA cabin crews embark on strike over meal allowances

Despite flight delays on Wednesday morning due to a South African Airways cabin crew strike, check in is understood to be going ahead at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg where at least 200 members of the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) are picketing.

SAA on Tuesday warned passengers that they face delays as hundreds of its cabin crew members were going on strike over meal allowance increases. Sacca represents the majority of cabin crew members.

The cabin crew are demanding an increase in their international meal allowance, which they say has stayed the same for the past six years. Currently, crew are allocated US$131 for all three meals on an international trip. The staff are demanding $170, saying that SAA must take exchange rates into account.

The airline said in a statement that it is doing everything possible to reach a settlement with the strikers.

It said it has also made a plan to support those affected by the disruptions.

The strike is only affecting SAA.