JOHANNESBURG. 11 June 2019. South African Airways (SAA) would like to advise its customers and stakeholders that the airline has been served with a notice indicating that two of the recognized employee unions will be marching today to hand over memoranda of demands.

SAA received the notification from the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) and NUMSA on 4 June 2019 informing the airline that their members will participate in the march during work hours. The march is expected to start at 11h00 and end at 13h00. Employees who will be participating in the march will be expected to return to their workstations soon thereafter.

SAA’s cabin crew members are represented in SACCA and NUMSA members work at SAA Technical and at the airports in South Africa.

“Since receipt of the notification from the employee unions, we have taken necessary steps and put contingency measures in place to ensure business continuity. We understand the march will be peaceful and will last for a few hours only. Notwithstanding this, our plans have been reviewed and updated to minimize the possible impact on our operations, if any,” said SAA spokesperson, Tlali Tlali.

SAA will keep customers updated of any further developments. There are no operational disruptions at the moment and all flights are operating as per published schedule.

Once in receipt of the memoranda, SAA will take all steps necessary to ensure that the matters raised by the employee unions receive attention and are responded to.

The Board and executive management of SAA met with the labour unions on 7 June 2019 to provide an update on the implementation of the turnaround strategy to stabilise the airline. At that meeting, the Board and executive management gave assurances to the unions that the airline’s strategic implementation was on track.

The memoranda will be received at SAAT by SAA Interim CFO, Deon Fredericks at approximately 11h45 and another one will be received at Airways Park at approximately 12h30 by the Human Resources General Manager, Ms Vuyi Raseroka.

“We will provide all possible and necessary assistance to customers who may need such support. Information on the status of our flights will be placed on all official channels of communication, including social media accounts and updated on a continuous basis,” concluded Tlali.