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saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that Air Chefs, the catering arm of South African Airways (SAA), has launched a consultation process with unions in terms of the Labour Relations Act that might lead to job losses.  

This comes as the airline embarks on its latest turnaround strategy.  SAA spokesperson Tlali Tali said Air Chefs had not yet made a decision on how many workers would be laid off and that the consultation process would allow the stakeholders to “explore avenues” to “avert laying off staff”.  The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) indicated in a statement that Air Chefs had plans to retrench 118 workers out of a total workforce of 1,200.  But, Numsa wants retrenchments to take place within the SAA Group, the parent company of Air Chefs, and not on a decentralised basis.  According to Tlali, as part of implementing its turnaround strategy “employee ratios” at SAA were under consideration.  The CCMA is set to facilitate consultation between Air Chefs and unions on 19 June.

Read this report by Lameez Omarjee in full at Fin24


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