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Solidarity2Engineering News reports that trade union Solidarity on Tuesday petitioned Parliament to hold a debate in the House of Assembly on state-owned carrier South African Airways (SAA).  

The union also urged the Government to support its application to place the airline under business rescue and to stop bailing the beleaguered carrier out.  The petition to Parliament followed the release, also on Tuesday, of a report on the condition of SAA drawn up by the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI).  The report charged that the “constant factor” in the failure of SAA has been its sole shareholder, namely the SA government.  It cited the failure of the government to implement two resolutions of the then SAA Board in 2014, namely to place the airline under business rescue and to find a strategic partner for it.  The union reaffirmed that it would, within the next two weeks, serve papers on the airline as part of the process of approaching the court to put SAA under business rescue.  “If we succeed in this case, it could set a precedent for similar action at other State enterprises,” pointed out SRI head Connie Mulder.

  • Read this report in full at Engineering News
  • Read Solidarity’s press statement in this regard at Solidarity News
  • Read too, SAA requires R5bn bailout to stay afloat, says treasury official, at Moneyweb

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