Airline Comair And Numsa On A Salary Dispute Stalemate

Numsa's Irvin Jim
Numsa. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho

Airline Comair and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa are in a stalemate over a salary agreement. On Friday, the airline said it had been unable to find a solution but was still committed to an amicable and equitable resolution.

Last month the two parties agreed to set up a working committee to deal with wage discrepancies and shift patterns at Comair, after reaching a deal to avert a strike under the mediation of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Numsa has accused the airline of paying white employees R7 000 more than the black employees.

On Friday, Comair executive director for the Airline Division Wrenelle Stander said Numsa’s claim was not true.

“We run our business with integrity, fairness and transparency. We have zero tolerance for racism or any form of discrimination,” Stander said.

Comair said the salary discrepancies of 21 employees had arisen as a result of evolving airport operations, when some salary scales were collapsed, going back as far as 2009.