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numsaEWN reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says it could go on another strike at South African Airways (SAA) if retrenchments are not stopped.  

The union approached the Labour Court on Tuesday seeking to interdict the airline’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) from implementing job cuts.  The union said its members had already been notified of the looming job losses and that they were paying the price for SAA’s decision to cancel domestic and international flights indefinitely.  When SAA announced in November last year that it planned on implementing a restructuring plan that could lead to job losses, unions downed tools in protest while also demanding wage increases.  The strike left the struggling airline even more crippled and cost the company millions of rand.  Numsa’s general secretary Irvin Jim said SAA could see another strike if it continued with the planned job cuts.  “Our backs are against the wall.  We are talking to anybody who understands the predicament of the terrible situation which workers would be faced with if this airline retrenches workers,” he stated.  While another strike would be detrimental to the sustainability of the airline, it is unclear what it would mean for the business rescue process currently underway.

  • Read the original of the report in the above regard by Clement Manyathela at EWN


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