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South Africa’s airline says deal reached to end strike

November 22, 2019
FILE — In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 file photo, members of the South African Cabin Crew Association and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa members picket at the SAA Airways Park in Kempton Park, South Africa. South Africa’s troubled state-owned airline says flights will resume as normal over the weekend after it reached a deal with unions to end a week-long strike. South African Airways on Friday, Nov. 22 says it reached an agreement with the South African Cabin Crew Association and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)
FILE — In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 file photo, members of the South African Cabin Crew Association and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa members picket at the SAA Airways Park in Kempton Park, South Africa. South Africa’s troubled state-owned airline says flights will resume as normal over the weekend after it reached a deal with unions to end a week-long strike. South African Airways on Friday, Nov. 22 says it reached an agreement with the South African Cabin Crew Association and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s troubled state-owned airline says flights will resume as normal over the weekend after it reached a deal with unions to end a week-long strike.

South African Airways on Friday says it reached an agreement with the South African Cabin Crew Association and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa.

The unions announced the strike shortly after the airline said it was launching a restructuring process that could affect nearly 950 employees.

The unions also wanted more pay. The deal includes a 5.9% increase, lower than the 8% desired.

Africa’s second-largest carrier had warned that the strike “endangers the future of the airline.”

The airline is among debt-ridden state-owned enterprises that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government is trying to revive after widespread mismanagement and corruption under the previous administration.