Mango Airline pilots are on strike following a deadlock in wage negotiations with management.
Trade union Solidarity confirmed on Sunday its members, who represent 95% of the pilots at low cost domestic airline, will go on strike as from 5 am this morning [Monday] as negotiations have collapsed.
The stalemate is a sequel of a meeting on Sunday night between the trade union and Mango’s management to reach a possible settlement in salary negotiations.
The airline flies between South Africa’s major airports and offers air services between Johannesburg (OR Tambo International) and Cape Town, Lanseria in Johannesburg and Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, Lanseria and Durban, Cape Town and Durban, Bloemfontein and Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.Johannesburg and George.
Mango also operates twice-weekly flights between Johannesburg and Zanzibar
According to Solidarity Deputy General Secretary Deon Reyneke, Sunday’s meeting with management did not yield any results.
“Notwithstanding the reality that Mango pilots are paid significantly less than the industry standard, management showed no interest whatsoever to negotiate with its employees. Mango’s management would not give an inch, confirming that it would not revisit its initial offer of 6%, while the trade union was prepared to adjust its mandate in a bid to let negotiations succeed,” said Reyneke.
Reyneke also said that although Solidarity had given management four days’ notice of the intended strike, a period that is longer than the required notice period, management was initially not even inclined to meet with Solidarity.
“Despite the fact that Solidarity has been prepared to actively participate in the negotiating process all along it took the efforts of a senior captain to persuade management to meet with the trade union at all. It once again would appear as if Mango’s management is not committed to accommodate its qualified employees as far as salary increases, which are below market value, are concerned. Mango has therefore left Solidarity members with no other choice but to take the undesirable step of a strike,” explained Reyneke.