saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that South African Airways (SAA) has told all its almost 5,000 employees that it will push ahead with a plan that could see it cut jobs.  

The state-owned airline was placed into business rescue in 2019.  According to the business rescue practitioners (BRPs), Les Matuson and Siviwe Dongwana, its financial position has deteriorated further with forward sales down significantly.  In a statement on Monday, the BRPs said the changes required at SAA were both structural and economic and were urgent if liquidation — where all employees would lose their jobs — was to be avoided.  They have apparently been speaking with unions, most recently at the weekend.  “Our intention has always been to preserve as many jobs as possible through this process while still focusing on having a sustainable airline and platform for growth,” the BRPs advised.  Significant changes to conditions of employment, including remuneration and benefits, appeared unavoidable and would be sought by agreement.  “Regrettably, this restructuring exercise, if implemented, may lead to positions being declared redundant across various job categories and in significant numbers,” the BRPs warned.  They have elected to apply for the appointment of a CCMA facilitator to guide the consultation process and will also consult with elected representatives from non-unionised managers and non-unionised non-management employees.

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