The Satawu strike began this morning at ACSA airports countrywide. No disruptions to flights and other airport operations were experienced. Contingency measures have been effected and will remain in place for the duration of the strike. No major disruptions are therefore expected during this period.
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) commenced with the 2003/4 wage negotiations during July 2003 with the representative trade union, the South African Transport & Allied Workers Union (SATAWU). Although considerable progress has been made to date, the parties were not able to reach an agreement.
The National Ministry of Transport has announced that it was reviewing its aviation policy to create a more flexible environment so as to meet the needs of the tourism industry -- particularly in the Western Cape.