saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that in yet another twist to the drama unfolding at South African Airways (SAA), the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) said on Thursday that it would interdict the carrier’s plan to retrench more than 900 employees.  

Satawu, which is not one of the recognised unions at SAA, is in a majority union coalition with Solidarity and the Aviation Union of Southern Africa (Ausa) at subsidiary SAA Technical (SAAT).  It does also have some members at SAA.  “The law says that the company must consult everyone on retrenchments, which SAA did not do.  They went public without telling us,” said Satawu spokesperson Zanele Sabela.  The recognised unions at SAA — the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa); the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacaa) and the National Transport Movement (NTM) — have also raised objections to the way SAA sprang the retrenchments on them.  Meantime on Wednesday night, SAA raised its wage offer to employees, which unions said they were considering and would decide on later.  A meeting between management and trade unions was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.  If the new offer is accepted, the strike will be averted.  SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said the offer was “a demonstration that, notwithstanding the strike notice, we remain intent on averting the strike as it could hurt the airline in a manner that goes beyond immediate recovery.”

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