Numsa demands full salaries for Comair employees

Johannesburg – The National Union of Metalworkers is demanding that from January 1 all employees at Comair be paid their full salaries.

Most have only been taking home around 70% of their salaries, while benefits have been drastically reduced, claimed the union.

The aviation industry, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, forced Comair to ground its flights in July due to financial difficulties and was subsequently placed in business rescue.

“It is our firm view that the business rescue practitioners are milking Comair. They cost an average R1 million per month according to management. They are making a fortune whilst employees are sinking into debt and despair because their standard of living has been drastically reduced,” said Numsa spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola.

“Fortunately, the backward collective agreement will expire on 31 December. This means a new collective agreement will have to be negotiated with new terms and conditions.”

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