Pilot strike at South Africa’s low-cost Mango airline ends after wage deal

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Pilot strike at South Africa's low-cost Mango airline ends after wage deal

Pilots at South Africa’s Mango, a low-cost airline owned by state-run national carrier South African Airways, on Friday reported for work ending a four-day strike, the union representing most of the pilots said.

The airline granted pilots a 7% salary hike and agreed to table an agreement outlining flight scheduling and hours of work within six months, trade union Solidarity said in a statement.

Mango airline’s flight crews had downed tools at 5 am on Monday morning after wage negotiations with Solidarity collapsed.

Several of its flights had been affected by the strike and it has been forced to use alternative operators to cater for passengers.

Solidarity, which represents 95% of Mango’s staff, said Mango management on Tuesday requested the union to return to the discussion table in an attempt to break the crippling impasse.

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