Unions vow to push ‘battle for survival’ at SAA

The Nationwide Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Affiliation (Sacca) have vowed to “struggle the battle for survival” for jobs on the embattled state-owned airline, South African Airways.

That is after Choose Graham Moshoana dismissed the unions’ software to have deliberate jobs cuts at SAA interdicted. On Friday, Numsa and Sacca argued that the airline’s business-rescue practitioners, Les Matuson and Siviwe Dongwana, are planning widespread retrenchments on the service with out consulting employees.

Addressing the media shortly after the judgment was handed, Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola stated that they’re “upset” by the choice. “We view this choice as a travesty of justice. The Labour Court docket has taken away employees rights to have significant consultations relating to retrenchments.” 

“Ten thousand households will likely be affected by this factor [job cuts]. This can be a battle for survival and we’ll do completely every part potential to save lots of employees jobs and to make sure that they don’t seem to be railroaded right into a pretend part 189 retrenchment course of,” she stated. 

The unions introduced to the courtroom an audio recording of 1 supervisor at an SAA department in Durban telling employees that they will lose their employment from March 1. That is after the rescue-practitioners issued a press release earlier this month that Durban could be one of many 11 home routes that might be closed by SAA on the finish of February. 

Late on Thursday nonetheless, the lady heard within the recording filed an affidavit denying that she had knowledgeable workers of their imminent dismissmals.  This proved to be a blow to the unions’ argument as Choose Mashoana dismissed their software. 

Numsa and Sacca concluded that the recording ought to nonetheless be thought of as a result of it proves that the rescue-practitioners are planning job cuts on the SAA with out following the provisions of the Labour Relations Act. 

In response to the unions’ argument, SAA stated that Numsa and Sacca have jumped the gun within the retrenchment course of and their software is a part of a “publicity stunt” towards the airline. Advocate Andrew Redding, who was representing SAA stated that the recording introduced by doesn’t show that the airline will likely be retrenching. 

Redding nonetheless admitted that as a result of the ailing airline is restructuring, job cuts are “crucial.” 

Studying his judgement on Friday, Choose Mashoana stated SAA has no responsibility to seek the advice of with the employees relating to job cuts as a result of the airline was not considering the method. 

“SAA has not contemplated dismissal and the responsibility to seek the advice of inside the contemplation of part 189 of the LRA didn’t come up,” 

Numsa and Sacca plan to enchantment the judgment.