Unions reject SAA retrenchment proposal

Johannesburg – Numsa and the SA Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) have rejected the proposal by SAA business practitioners for mass retrenchment.

The practitioners recommended that 4 700 workers be retrenched by the end of the month due to the airline’s cash crunch. This is a proposal that came after the government rejected the latest bailout of R10 billion last week.

Unions say they have made attempts to get answers to their questions but only got excuses.

“We’ve always believed that South African Airways can be saved and these are the kinds of discussions we’ve been having with the DPE in terms of a solution for this airline and a long-term strategy, which is based on the survival of South African Airways,” said Phakamile Hlubi-Majola of Numsa.

The proposal states that employees would be entitled to one week pay for every year of service, one month’s wages in lieu of notice pay and pay for outstanding annual leave.

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