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ComairBusinessLive reports that the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for airline operator Comair have yielded to union demands and have agreed to continue paying their employees’ medical aid contributions, but the parties have yet to decide on the critical issue of unpaid wages.  

The medical aid agreement brokered at the weekend has effectively put on hold an urgent application by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) to the Labour Court challenging the airline’s refusal to pay medical aid contributions and wages.  The case was due to be heard on Wednesday.  Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said the union, Comair management and the BRPs were scheduled to meet on Tuesday over the nonpayment of salaries ever since workers were placed on unpaid leave on 1 June.  Numsa had wanted the court to declare that Comair and its joint BRPs were acting unlawfully and unfairly in their alleged failure to remunerate employees since 1 June, and over their threat not to effect payment of the full medical scheme contributions from 1 September.  The Kulula operator and British Airways franchisee was placed in business rescue at the beginning of May.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Comair rescue practitioners agree to fund medical aid for employees, at TimesLIVE

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