saa thumb medium95 76The Citizen reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have condemned SA Airways (SAA) for informing workers of its intention to restructure and retrench 944 workers through a media statement.  

In a joint statement on Tuesday, the two unions said that on Monday the management of SAA had issued a media release in which it claimed that acting CEO Zuks Ramasia had “commenced a consultation process with all employees in line with section 189 of the Labour Relations Act”.  However in their statement, the unions contradicted SAA by indicating that:  “We can state categorically for the record that no such consultation process ever took place.”  The unions advised that they had on the other hand been in wage talks with the management of the airline, with the last meeting having been held on Monday for discussions on wage increases.  The unions moreover questioned the basis on which SAA management intended to restructure when an organisational redesign had not been completed.  Numsa and Sacca advised that they would be preparing workers “for the mother of all strikes at SAA at all its operations nationally.  We have already received a strike certificate and we have concluded the balloting process.”

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