Numsa members have vowed to strike against Comair, which operates Kulula and British Airways in SA, ahead of the Easter weekend. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/KATHERINE MUICK
Numsa members have vowed to strike against Comair, which operates Kulula and British Airways in SA, ahead of the Easter weekend. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/KATHERINE MUICK

Ahead of the Easter weekend rush, staff of Comair affiliated with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) have issued their employer with a 48-hour notice to strike.

The union said in a statement on Tuesday that workers would down tools over wage disparities at the airline.

Comair operates British Airways in SA under licence and low-cost carrier kulula.com. 

“Numsa has been attempting to resolve this issue with Comair since late last year. One of the decisions taken was that a working committee made up of Numsa members and Comair management would attempt to resolve this issue amicably,” said spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola.

“We proposed that management must, over time, increase wages of those who are affected by the gap, so there can be uniformity in their salaries — because they are doing the same kind of work.”

Hlubi-Majola said their requests for management to provide a timeline for addressing the salary discrepancies has been unsuccessful.

Comair could not be immediately reached for comment.