South African Airways reaches agreement with pilots, engineers

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Airways (SAA), South African Airways Pilots Association (SAAPA) and South African Airways Flight Engineers Association (SAAFEA), have reached an agreement after protracted talks on salary increases.
An SAA press release Wednesday said pilots would get a 15-percent salary increase for the year 2002/2003 (backdated to 1 April 2002) subject to certain improvements in productivity.
Still outstanding, though, is the parity of their salaries with those of their counterparts overseas - an issue the SAA said would be taken on arbitration.
SAA pilots believe their earnings do not have the same purchasing power when compared with their counterparts abroad.
"The 12,5-percent salary increase in 2003/2004 is subject to an agreement on the parity of salaries," said the SAA executive vice president Victor Nosi.
"SAA is pleased that an amicable solution has been reached on the salary negotiations.
It is imperative that all within the SAA family should pull together to improve on the successes of the last financial year despite the unfavourable conditions in which the airline industry operates," said Nosi.
However, the South African Airways Pilots Association (SAAPA) and South African Airways Flight Engineers Association (SAAFEA) have not commented on the agreement announced late on Wednesday.

14 august 2002 16:43:00




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