The staff employed by South African Airways (SAA) has been notified that their salaries for the month of November will be delayed as the airlines struggles to secure money for payments.
Last week the airline said in order to stay afloat they would need to retrench close to 1 000 employees, causing two unions associated with the airline to embark on a strike.
The bad news continues as employees will not be paid this month in the midst of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association strikes.
Another three unions have challenged the decision to fire staff including The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), Solidarity, and the Aviation Union of Southern Africa (AUSA).
Flights to Hong Kong from Johannesburg have also been suspended while the strike continues and the airline is working overtime to make up for delays and inconveniences caused for hundreds of travellers.
According to SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali – who spoke to Fin24 – the airline has not been able to secure R2-billion worth of capital needed to sustain daily operations and pay staff.