Minister for Public Enterprise to attend union struck by South African SAA

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PHOTOGRAPHS: Passengers board the South African Airways airplane at Port Elizabeth International Airport in Eastern Cape, South Africa, September 30, 2018. REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko / File Photo

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African Public Enterprise Minister will meet with unions meeting his state-owned airline on Tuesday in an attempt to resolve the pay of South Africa's South African (SAA) pay which went into the fifth day.

The State-owned SAA canceled hundreds of flights since the strike began on Friday, stating that the stop cost 50 million random ($ 3.36 million) per day and jeopardizing talks with lenders.

Irvin Jim, Secretary General of the National Union of South African Metalworkers (NUMSA), known as the South African Cabin Crebin Association (SACCA), said the unions would meet with the Minister for Public Enterprise Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday. to the strike.

SACCA vice-president Christopher Shabangu also confirmed the meeting saying that he was trying to find a solution to bring the strike to an end.

The spokesperson for Minister Gordhan could not be found for comment.

The strike has cast doubt on the survival of the airline, which has not made a profit since 2011 and is dependent on state bailouts.

SAA said on Monday that its international flights were on schedule and some domestic passengers would have more cancellations on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Trade unions threatened to close all aviation industry in Africa's most industrialized nation by extending industrial action across a state airline.

The SAA is expected to update the strike at 1100 GMT on Tuesday.

Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg, edited by Louise Heavens

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