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SATAWU sends condolences to Ethopian Airlines Trade Union

13 March 2019

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU), an affiliate of the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), has sent its heartfelt condolences to its sister union, the Ethiopian Airlines Basic Trade Union, following the death of 149 passengers and eight crew members in a plane crash on Sunday.

The deceased were on-board a Boeing 737 Max 8 headed to Nairobi from Ethiopia, which crashed shortly after take-off. A similar crash in Jakarta last October resulted in the death of 189 people.

Responding to SATAWU’s message of condolence, General Secretary Wodwosen Getaneh said, “Thank you very much for sharing our pain and comforting us. It is unexpected accident and big sorrow for all us especially those who are in transport sector.

“All Ethiopian Airlines staff, union and management are standing together to know the main cause of the accident. Indeed, the tragedy has created a great soreness on our esteemed passengers, employees and the entire Ethiopian Airlines family.”
Getaneh gave his assurance to update SATAWU of pertinent developments.

SATAWU anxiously awaits the completion of the investigation into the cause of the crash and trusts that Boeing will immediately move to ensure that further crashes of the Max 8 are prevented. We commend Boeing for having sent a technical team to the crash scene out of its own volition and all the airlines (including Comair) that have grounded the Max 8 while the investigation into the crash is being conducted.

We reiterate our heartfelt condolences to the families that lost loved ones in the crash.

For more details and media interviews contact:

Jack Mazibuko, SATAWU General Secretary, 082 660 4793, 082 951 1181
Zanele Sabela, SATAWU Media Officer, 011 403 2077, 079 287 5788, zanele@satawu.org.za