saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that the SA Airways (SAA) business rescue practitioners (BRPs) and labour are set to resume consultations on retrenchments on Wednesday.  

But, there has been confusion as to whether the CCMA’s senior commissioner tasked with facilitating the meetings will continue to do so during the national lockdown period.  At the same time the BRPs, Les Matuson and Siviwe Dongwana, are facing resistance from the two largest unions at SAA, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca), which have not agreed to continue with discussions over video-conferencing and have accused the BRPs of not engaging in good faith.  SAA has eight labour unions including the SA Airways Pilots’ Association, the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union, the National Transport Movement and Solidarity, which represent the vast majority of the airline’s workers and have agreed to continue with consultations.  The BRPs have received an extension until 29 May to submit their final business rescue plan.  Another crucial deadline is 8 May, when the BRPs will need to conclude the 60-day consultation process as provisioned in the law.  This will enable them to give notices to employees whose contracts will be terminated from 10 May.  Over 4,000 workers will be affected by this process.  Another possible scenario is an agreement to implement a rotational retrenchment scheme where “non-key employees” will work on a part-time basis and won’t immediately be paid their full salaries.

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