saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that the SAA Pilots’ Association (Saapa) is headed to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to compel the SA Airways (SAA) business rescue practitioners (BRPs) to pay the 13th cheque its members would have received at the end of 2020 as well as three months’ back pay.  

This is the deal offered to pilots who jumped ship and joined rival union the National Transport Movement last year, according to Saapa chair Grant Back.  Saapa also wants the airline to pay its members eight months of unpaid salaries.  SAA has been unable to pay employee salaries since March last year.  Back said Saapa was going to the CCMA to argue that the non-payment was unfair, and that by not paying salaries that have accrued yet remain unpaid the BRPs were acting unlawfully.  SAA is preparing to disburse payments to former management, specialists and pilots, including former Saapa members, who agreed to accept voluntary severance packages (VSPs) in August last year.  The VSP payments are expected to be made in this week, with straightforward ‘Part 1’ payments due to be made on 17 February while the remainder will be paid on or from 19 February.  Roughly 40% of Saapa’s 650 members accepted the VSP offer and have effectively terminated their contracts with the airline, according to Back.  The remaining members are still subject to a lockout that was implemented in December last year, during which they are not entitled to any benefits or payments from the airline.

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