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Comair and NUMSA meet at CCMA to resolve strike at airlines

Dec 20, 2018
Comair and NUMSA meet at CCMA to resolve strike at airlines

Comair, which operates British Airways in South Africa and low cost airline, kulula.com, and the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) will meet with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMAon Thursday morning.

This is part of a mediation process to resolve a dispute with its ground-staff, servicing the company’s two airline brands, kulula.com and British Airways in South Africa.

Wrenelle Stander, Comair Executive Director of its airline division says, “We have full faith in the CCMA process and are committed to working with NUMSA to resolve the outstanding matters.

“We pride ourselves on offering fair remuneration, competitive staff benefits, and a safe working environment.”

She says: “In the unlikely event of a strike, we will do everything possible to minimize disruptions to our customers’ holiday travel plans. Comair will continue with daily operations. The safety of our customers and staff is our foremost priority.”

Of the company’s 2 200 employees, 375 are NUMSA members, Stander points out.

Comair says there are contingencies to minimise flight disruptions

Stander said Comair would like to reassure customers that they have contingencies in place to minimize disruptions:

  • Comair will contact as many customers as possible 72 hours before departure to facilitate check in;
  • Additional bag-drop counters have been provided; and
  • Employees from across the Comair business will assist over this busy period.

She called on all valued customers to support Comair by:

  • Checking in online, or at an airport self-service kiosk. Online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure;
  • Checking flight status online before leaving for the airport;
  • Arriving at the airport at least two hours before departure; and,
  • Dropping baggage at the bag-drop counters.

“Comair thanks all its customers and staff, and we look forward to carrying our customers as they travel to their loved ones or holiday destinations,” says Stander.

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