South African Airways strike resumes strike, grounding most scheduled flights

South African Airways (SAA) has announced the Numsa union has consulted airline workers for a secondary strike, grounding most scheduled flights, the company said.

SAA said it had managed to reinstate some international flights while the National Union for Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) vowed to intensify its strike.

International flights were cancelled on Friday and Saturday, but on Sunday morning SAA announced that international flights for Sunday evening would be reinstated.

The airline said there were five international departures from OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday 17 November 2019, to New York, London, Frankfurt, Munich and Washington DC.

SAA has informed its 5,146 employees that it is embarking on a restructuring process, which may lead to job losses. Approximately 900 jobs at risk in an SOE that is effectively insolvent after losses amounting to R28 billion over the past 13 years.