labourcourtsBusinessLive reports that on Monday the Labour Court in Johannesburg interdicted the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) from embarking on a strike at Air Chefs.  

It granted an interim interdict to Air Chefs, a catering subsidiary of national carrier SAA, and called on Numsa to return to court on 27 November to argue why the order should not be made permanent.  The union had planned to down tools at the company over “anniversary bonuses”, which it said the management “unilaterally” removed.  “The employees of Air Chefs have enjoyed both [the] annual bonus and the anniversary bonus for the last 10 years, it forms part of the benefits of working for the company.  The employer had no right to unilaterally change these conditions without consultation,” said Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola.  According to the company, the annual bonus and anniversary bonus were “one and the same thing”, while the anniversary bonus was covered in the main agreement signed in 2018.  “We are studying the judgment with the hope that when we return to court in November we will be able to reverse this decision so that our members will be able to exercise their right to strike,” said Hlubi-Majola.


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