JOHANNESBURG, South African Airways (SAA) has secured a final court order against the recent cabin crew strike.

The national carrier said in a statement it has successfully argued at the Labour Court to have an interim order, which was granted on April 26, 2017 confirmed as a final order against the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) and its members.

The union had appealed to the court against the interim order granted in favour of the airline and its members embarked on strike action last week, demanding a 170 US dollar a day meal allowance when travelling overseas. Currently, crew members are given 131 USD, which the union says has not been increased in the last six years.

On Wednesday, the national carrier said it had approached the Labour Court and argued successfully to have SACCA and its members interdicted from embarking on industrial action and declaring the industrial action an unprotected strike.

Whilst we appreciate that the appeal by SACCA has been overturned and that an interim order has been made final, we do not see this as a matter of winners and losers, said SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali.

For us, the key objective remains to be focusing on those things we must immediately pay attention to, so that the company remains in business and its employees looked after. Those things include exploring avenues that will lead to a resolution of disputed issues between the airline and the affected employees.”

SAA said cabin crew are key to the successful and safe operation of the airline. As customer-facing ambassadors, their work satisfaction and morale remain high priority. In addition, we must ensure business continuity through stable operations and provide our customers with a sense of travel certainty, he said.

The airline’s Board of Directors remains committed towards supporting management and the labour union to find lasting solutions to issues under dispute. In addition, the national carrier said it is inviting SACCA back to the negotiating table to have a facilitated dispute resolution process during the next two months.