When the pay strike at SAA is eventually settled, the quantum of the increases awarded to workers will only partly determine who wins and who loses.

The SA Cabin Crew Association of SA and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA, which represent more than 3,000 staff at SAA, have indicated they’d consider 6.5% raises, not far off the state-owned carrier’s last official offer of 5.9%. A bigger sticking point is whether SAA buckles to union demands and freezes plans to cut 944 posts...

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