South African Airways, NTM union sign wage deal

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 22 (Reuters) - South Africa's National Transport Movement (NTM) on Friday signed a wage deal with struggling South African Airways (SAA) for a 5.9% pay rise for the 2019/20 financial year that started in April, according to a copy of the deal seen by Reuters.

NTM is one of the largest unions at state-owned SAA, but its members are not participating in a crippling strike that entered an eighth day on Friday and has left the airline with almost no cash.

NTM president Mashudu Raphetha told Reuters that the wage deal was subject to SAA securing additional funds and that the salary increase would start from February 2020. NTM members would receive back payments in March and April 2020, he added. (Reporting by Alexander Winning; editing by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtamba)