Hundreds of South African Airways workers who went on strike three weeks ago over job structure changes and payment disputes suspended their work boycott on Friday.

Kenneth Monnana, of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union said: “Effective from today, our workers are back to work. We agreed with the management to phase out, within nine months, the use of labour brokers and casualisation of workers.”

The union’s demand for payment of retention premiums to workers has been referred to the government department of public enterprises for adjudication, he added.

The union is demanding a R10 000 one-off retention premium for each of its workers at the airline, he said.

The strike compounded the troubles facing South African Airways.

The airline’s chief executive, Khaya Ngqula, was fired this week following an investigation into allegations of conflicts of interest in procurements for the firm.

The strike also followed two drug seizures at London’s Heathrow airport involving the airline’s crew in less than a month. – AFP