strike thumb medium85 85TimesLive reports that the protected strike by hundreds of Comair workers at SA’s biggest airports begun on Wednesday afternoon.  

Workers at O.R Tambo International Airport downed tools before 5pm in line with the strike notice served on the company on Monday.  The strike is expected to intensify on Thursday when all workers have joined forces in their demand for wage increases.  The United Association of SA (Uasa) is demanding a 30% increase over a three-year period (about 10% per year)‚ comprising a CPI increase plus extra to allow for the extraordinary increase in cost of living as well as interest rate hikes.  Comair on the other hand is offering an equivalent 22.5% (about 7.5% per year) increase for the same period.  Workers on strike include Comair customer service agents‚ ticket sales agents‚ ramp controllers‚ airport control management and special service agents.  

Comair says it has a comprehensive contingency plan in place and intends to continue with its daily operations.

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