saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of SA Airways (SAA) have made a final settlement offer to pilots, who are both on strike and locked out, also warning them that once the business rescue process ends the offer expires.

However, pilots belonging to the SAA Pilots Association (Saapa) have decided to take their chances and, if the rescue ends, say they will pursue their claims with the new board and management of SAA. The dispute is taking place as the business rescue draws to a close. The BRPs say it is not necessary to resolve the dispute with the pilots to complete the process. Pilots have been locked out since December and embarked on a strike last week. By striking they aim to prevent the use of any replacement labour, which they believe is not allowed, but that is an interpretation of the Labour Relations Act with which the BRPs disagree. Saapa has filed an interdict with a court to halt the BRPs efforts to recruit replacement labour. The offer made by the BRPs to pilots includes the payment of unpaid salaries from April to November 2020, notice pay, leave pay and a 13th cheque. They will also pay pilots retrenchment packages over the next three years, out of the new SAA’s revenue. Saapa has rejected this offer, describing it as unfair as all other employees have been paid out a generous severance package.

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