UPDATE: Passengers warned of ‘hangry’ vibes as Air Chefs staff strike
SA Airlink has confirmed it does not expect to be impacted by the possible Air Chefs strike, currently interdicted until judgement at 14:00pm on Monday.
SA Airlink was listed as one of six airlines affected by the possible strike of the catering company, however spokesperson Karin Murray confirmed, “Airlink only receives special meals such as Halaal and Kosher meals from Air Chefs.”
“The airline will can make alternative arrangements to ensure that our customers requesting special meal types such as Halaal and Kosher meals will not be affected by the strike. The percentage of these special meal types on Airlink flights is very small. ”
South African Airways, one of six airlines to be affected by a possible strike by catering company Air Chefs, says it has contingency plans in place to ensure that its passengers would not have to pack a lunchbox for flights.
SAA Spokesperson Tlali Tlali confirmed the strike was ‘interdicted until judgment around 14:00 on Monday”.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa’s plans to strike on Monday, due to the withdrawal of anniversary bonuses, which have not been paid since the start of 2019.
SAA: Air Chefs handling strike, passengers need not bring own lunch
Passengers to pack their own ‘vlugkos’ as Air Chefs staff set to strike
South Africans are all too familiar with the concept of padkos, but now as Air Chefs is set to go on strike those planning on flying on Monday will need to pack their own ‘vlugkos’.
In fact, they’re being told to pack a ‘skhaftin’, another slang term for ‘lunch box’ as three of the country’s main airports are set to be affected by the catering company strike.
The strike will affect certain airlines at OR Tambo International Airport in Gauteng, Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport in Durban.
“Our members will be embarking on strike action from Monday the 07th October 2019 from 06:00. We advise that if you intend to fly on certain airlines tomorrow please pack a skhaftin (lunch box) because there will no food or catering on the flight,” Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) advise in a statement on Sunday as they headed to the Labour Court to prevent an interdicting on the strike.
The following airlines are expected to be affected include:
- SA Express
- SA Airlink
- Mango Airline
- Air Mauritius
- SWISS Airlines
SAA Lounges and Canteens, as well as SAAT Canteens will also be impacted. The strike is said to be due to the withdrawal of anniversary bonuses, which have not been paid since the start of 2019.
Since serving the company with a notice to strike Air Chefs has applied for an urgent interdict in an attempt to block the strike.
In the statement Numsa condemned the attempt to silence staff, calling on Air Chefs to “engage with staff and pay this part of their benefit of employment”.