Today's Labour News

newsThis news aggregator site highlights South African labour news from a wide range of internet and print sources. Each posting has a synopsis of the source article, together with a link or reference to the original. Postings cover the range of labour related matters from industrial relations to generalist human resources.

SA ExpressFin24 reports that employees at state-owned regional airline SA Express are still desperately hoping that government will be able to assist them in getting their unpaid salaries, as well as retrenchment packages.  

Salaries were last paid in in February.  Unlike SA Airways, which is still in business rescue, SA Express was provisionally liquidated at the end of April after a failed business rescue attempt.  A court hearing on whether the airline should be placed in final liquidation will take place on 9 September.  For months, a group of SA Express employees has been picketing on and off at the offices of the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), asking for financial help.  In an email dated 23 July, the group received feedback from the DPE's Nonny Mashika to say that the department had been liaising with the provisional liquidator of the airline "to identify a holistic approach" to the challenges faced by the employees.  Mashika said further engagements with the provisional liquidator would be undertaken, while the department has asked him to explore all options available for further consideration by government.  She also indicated that the DPE was continuing to engage with National Treasury and other agencies of government to seek a solution to the challenges faced by the SA Express employees.  Government, as the airline's shareholder, does not have a legal obligation to pay for severance packages at SA Express.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Carin Smith at Fin24


Get other news reports at the SA Labour News home page