NCCU strike called off

31 May 2014 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 31 MAY (NAMPA) – The strike by Air Namibia’s cabin crew, which commenced on Friday, has been called off.
A media statement issued by Air Namibia corporate communications officer Oneka Sitali late on Friday indicated that the company’s management and members of the Namibia Cabin Crew Union (NCCU) reached an agreement to suspend the strike and to continue negotiating.
The two parties came to the agreement Friday afternoon.
The NCCU members embarked on a strike in the capital on Friday morning, demanding market-related salaries as safety officers.
The main issue they are unhappy about is the company’s decision to move from the Peromnes Job Grading system to the Patterson Job Grading System in 2009/10.
The cabin crew members have particularly been unhappy about the fact that their positions were graded in the B-band and not the C-band under the new Patterson Job Grading System.
Speaking to Nampa on Saturday, NCCU vice-president Renier Bougard said they have given the company until 13 June to implement their demands.
'If the demands are not met by that date, the strike will start again,” he said.
The national airliner’s cabin crew returned to work early on Saturday morning and all flights are operating as normal.
The Windhoek to Frankfurt flight, flight SW9285, departed from Windhoek this morning.